Have a blast at Mount Morgan’s latest attraction
A NEW addiction is sweeping CQ, encouraging gamers to put down their controllers and to go outside to participate in an adrenaline packed outdoors sport - gel blasting.
Similar to paint ball, gel blasting toys look like real guns that shoot water filled gel.
The pastime has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity with new groups and fields springing up all over the region.
The newest, and fast becoming one of the region's most popular gel blasting fields is at Baree, just down the road from Mount Morgan.
Mount Morgan's Evelin Macaskill told The Morning Bulletin her partner Daniel van Begten was approached by Harley Matheson who offered him and his mates the opportunity to upgrade an eight acre, defunct gel blasting field at Baree.
The boys spent a month working hard to build a family friendly field featuring a shaded seating area for spectators to make them feel like part of the game
Last Sunday they threw open their doors and the fruits of their labour was revealed to the world with over 20 people converging on the Baree field to put it through its paces.
"We've had a massive amount of interest, over 40 people have said they were interested on Facebook for our first event," Ms Macaskill said.
"Eventually what we hope to do is build up regular players that we can pit against other gel blasting fields around the place.
She said the game had done wonders for her family, inspiring her seven children to abandon their gaming consoles in favour of a gel blasting.
Not only was the pastime allowing them to get fit, but it was encouraging them to become more social.
"We've got guys out there that have dropped 20 odd kilos doing this," she said.
"I should really pick up a blaster and get my butt out there too."
Not only was the game great for boosting bonding between the kids and their dad but it also helped free her up to have a break and catch up on jobs around the house..