The World Masters Games comes to Auckland

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Competitors start in the board event during the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games at Manly Beach on October 10, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 10: Competitors start in the board event during the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games at Manly Beach on October 10, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Excitement is starting to build in and around Auckland for the World Masters Games which will be held in Auckland next month. For those who may not know, the World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event with over 25,000 participants from over 100 countries worldwide flocking to Auckland for the chance to take part in these Olympic-style games. The event is in fact recognised by the International Olympic Committee, adding a certain prestige to an event that continues to go from strength to strength.

What are the World Master Games all about?

Over a 10 day period from 21-30 April, 25,000 participants from around the world will compete in 28 sports in a bid to be crowned Worlds Master Games champion – definitely one for the CV! Like the Olympics, the World Master Games are held every four years and they are the pinnacle for masters competitors worldwide. Master competitions take place all around the world and these events are defined by an age limit. This varies from event to event but the minimum age ranges between 25 and 35 for most events and disciplines.

The World Masters Games began in 1985 with the first games being held in Toronto, Canada. Since then, the games have moved on to Denmark, Portland in the USA, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney all in Australia, Edmonton in Canada, Turin in Italy and now it’s the turn of Auckland right here in New Zealand.

Competitors compete for themselves and there is no country delegation or qualifying requirements other than the age limit making these games extremely accessible for sports enthusiasts around the world. The games were set up not only to give people the opportunity to compete on a world stage, but with two underlying philosophies: friendship and understanding.

Can I still enter?

Female athlete with competitors running in race at the World Masters Games
Female athlete with competitors running in race at the World Masters Games

If you’re only just reading about the World Master Games for the first time then it’s probably a bit late for you to enter but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved and soak up the atmosphere. There are a few limited registrations open for the following sports:

  • Triathlon
  • Swimming – open water only
  • Athletics – cross country only

If these are not your sports then don’t worry, you can still get involved by going to watch at the 48 venues or by heading down to the Entertainment Hub, where there will be a daily line-up of cultural activities, music, performance and the best of New Zealand’s cuisine. The Entertainment Hub is the social heart of the Games – a place for the public to welcome Games competitors and visitors from over 100 countries to come together for the love of sport.

Where to stay in Auckland

If you are attending the World Masters Games and you have yet to sort out your accommodation for the event, we still have availability at both of our Auckland hotels on specific dates throughout the 10 days. You can check availability on our website or call either the Hotel Grand Windsor or Greenlane Suites.

Triathletes cycling on street in the World Masters Games
Triathletes cycling on street in the World Masters Games

To find out more about the World Master Games, you can:

Visit the website: http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/

WMG2017 Social Programmehttp://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/the-games/the-festival

*All images courtesy of World Masters Games 2017

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