With more athletes than the Olympics, the World Masters Games is the single biggest multisport event on earth. Now in 2017, the event will come to Auckland New Zealand, a must-see destination renowned for its stunning natural diversity and vibrant social scene. As is often said, it’s not just the scenery New Zealand is famous for, it’s the people. And sport is part of New Zealanders DNA. The World Masters Games is for everyone – whether you play to stay fit, to have fun or quite simply to win. In 2017, 25,000 athletes will converge on Auckland for the event of a lifetime. So now’s the time to pick your sport and get training. The World Masters Games 2017 is coming to New Zealand and we hope to see you there.
Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike compete in the World Masters Games. There are generally no qualification requirements. If you are a masters athlete in age, you are eligible to take part. Being a master can mean you are as young as 25 in some sports. In others the qualifying age is around 35. To be a competitor in the World Masters Games is to be part of a unique Olympic-like experience. For many athletes it is not just a competition, but a chance to travel and meet new people, and an opportunity to accept new challenges and set new goals. The International Masters Games Association defines the event as promoting lifelong competition, friendship and understanding between mature sportspeople, regardless of age, gender, race, religion and sporting status. Grab your friends, family and colleagues and be a part of New Zealand sporting history.
You could call the World Masters Games a sporting kaleidoscope. 30 sports played over 10 days across more than 45 venues. The sporting programme is diverse – covering athletics, water sports, racket sports, team sports and individual pursuits. And in Auckland those sports will be played against a breathtaking backdrop of harbours, lakes, forests and purpose-built sporting stadiums. Spurred on by the ‘sport for all’ philosophy of the Olympic Charter, the World Masters Games is an event that understands no limits. Participation is for masters athletes of all capabilities who are excited by the idea of competing on a world stage and getting a taste of the Olympic experience.
Some countries need no introduction. New Zealand is just such a place. Long renowned as a tourist destination, and made famous most recently as the location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit film, its coastline stretches more than 1,600 kilometres across two main islands – the North Island and the South. Each island is unique and with the country being so compact, you can easily visit both on your holiday. Put simply, New Zealand is slightly larger than Great Britain but with 46 million fewer people. It is blessed with some of the finest beaches, mountain ranges, rivers and lakes you’ll ever set eyes on. And with such a small population, chances are you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view. Once you hit the big cities like Auckland the vibe changes. Auckland is a bustling, cosmopolitan city that’s rich in world-class shopping, exciting nightlife, fine dining, lively bars, galleries, museums and vineyards – all of which are encircled by the majestic sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
History of the World Masters Games
Presenting an opportunity for the weekend warrior to rub shoulders with crown princes and ex-Olympians with centenarian sporting rookies, since its inception in 1985 the World Masters Games has been more than happy to welcome and embrace the full kaleidoscope of participants.
Four sporting greats named as World Masters Games 2017 ambassadors
Four sporting greats named as World Masters Games 2017 ambassadors. The legendary line-up features athletics’ Allison Roe, former All Black Bryan ‘BeeGee’ Williams, surf lifesaver Cory Hutchings and former international footballer Noah Hickey.