Registration BACK TO TOP
Registration close date
Registrations are now open.
Registration packages are available to view on the pricing and packages page here. Packages were created after much research into participant needs. The three packages, each with different inclusions, provide differentiation and choice. Pricing is also in line with past World Masters Games'.
Entries for individual and team sports close on 3 March 2017. Registered teams must also meet their minimum numbers by this date. You can still join a team after this time, or register as a non-playing offical or supporter, but a $50 late entry fee will apply, and entry is subject to availability. Any sport may close at an earlier date if the maximum capacity has been reached, and a number of our sports are already closed. Don't miss out!Register Now
Registering a team, joining a team or inviting team members
The team manager should register themselves first and set up the team in the registration system. During this process, they can add email addresses of those they wish to invite to register as part of their team. If they do not have the email addresses of their team members at the time of registration, invitations can be sent at a later date via their 'My Account' portal. Alternatively, once the team has been set up in the registration system, individual team members can register and search for their existing team during the registration process. Click here for a guide to registering a team, joining a team and inviting team members.
Registering in multiple sports
Each registration package (Bronze, Silver or Gold) includes participation in one sport. Each additional sport you register in will incur a fee of NZD$50.
When going through the registration process, you will be prompted to select and add the sport(s) you wish to compete in to your registration. You can also add a sport to your registration at a later date, however this will be subject to availability. Please note that it is your responsibility to check the schedule for potential clashes before adding a sport
Changing details, and adding events or sports after registering
You can update your registration details by logging into your ‘My Account’ portal and following these steps
- Click ‘Edit Registration’ in the left hand navigation menu
- Click ‘WMG2017 Participants’ at the bottom of the text on this page
- Click ‘Next’ at the bottom of this page. This will take you back through the registration form you originally submitted. Skip through this form until you reach the section you wish to update.
- Once you have updated your details, continue skipping through the registration journey until you come to the final payment page - you must click through and exit from the payment page in order for your changes to be saved. You will not need to make any additional payment if you are just updating your details or adding events within the sport you have registered. If you have added an additional sport or equipment hireage, you may need to pay an additional fee.
Adding a photo after registering
Go to My Account and sign in using the details from your confirmation email. Select ‘Edit Registration’, select ‘WMG2017 PARTICIPANTS' (at the end of the page), select ‘Next’ (at the end of the page), scroll down to ‘ACCREDITATION PHOTOGRAPH’ and you’ll be able to upload a photo or capture using a webcam. When adding a photo, please do your best to ensure that it’s in the style of a passport photo (head and shoulders and ideally with a white background). Feel free to smile! Tips on what makes a good photo can be found here.
Once complete, click ‘Next’, and ‘Next’ again on every page (yes, we know this is painful sorry!) until you get to the last page where you can select ‘Finish’ (bottom right), and the next page where you can select ‘Exit’. Phew - all done!
Note, if you are uploading a photo, your photo should between 100 - 300KB.
As per the Participation Terms and Conditions, if you withdraw from the Games as a whole after registration, you’ll need to notify WMG2017 in writing of your intention to withdraw. You will be entitled to refunds on the following basis;
- prior to 30 September 2016, you will be entitled to a refund of 75% of the Entry Fee
- between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017, you will be entitled to a refund of 50% of the Entry Fee
- after 31 January 2017, you will not be entitled to any refund.
You can pay by Credit Card or Debit Card - Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners (including Discovery) and China Union Pay. New Zealanders can also pay by internet banking.
Adding a doubles partner
The process you will follow to add your doubles partner will vary slightly depending on whether you are the first or second of your pair to register. For a step-by-step guide on adding you doubles partner, click here.
The Games Community is where Athletes, Supporters, Volunteers and anyone else who wants to get involved with the Games can join to connect with fellow Games participants and enthusiasts. It’s a space where you can go to ask other Games participants sports specific questions, find a team or a partner to compete with, source accommodation and also ask locals for tips and tricks for travelling around and staying in New Zealand.
If you find that you are trying to log in with an email address and password which isn’t being recognised, then try to reset your password only to find your email address isn’t in our system, chances are you originally joined using your Facebook credentials. If you are a Facebook user and there is a chance you initially signed up using your Facebook credentials, try using the option to log in with Facebook. If you are still experiencing issues with logging in, do contact the team at email@example.com for further assistance.
Registering as a Supporter and Spectating
Supporters register the same way in which athletes do, but select 'supporter' instead of 'athlete'. Supporters get to attend the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and participant only social nights. They also recieve all of the inclusions as noted in the registration packages page.
All sports will be open to the public to view, but at events where there is limited capacity, priority will be given to those that are accredited, like Supporters. Examples of sports with limited viewing capacity are pool Swimming, Squash, Table Tennis and Badminton.
General BACK TO TOP
World Masters Games explained
The World Masters Games is a global multi-sport event for athletes of masters age, held every four years, in a different city of the world each time. Every sport is different with respect to the age at which athletes becomes masters. However you’re a master at age 25 in swimming and generally a master in most sports by the age of 35. The World Masters Games follows the Olympics model. There are summer and winter Games like the Olympics. Plus there are opening and closing ceremonies and medals awarded. The difference is that you do not need to be an elite athlete to compete and in most sports, you don’t need to qualify. Anyone can register for the Games – whether to win, to have fun, to beat your personal best or to travel to a new place of the world. Some sports also have competition classifications for para-athletes.
World Masters Games 2017 dates
The dates are : Friday 21 April to Sunday 30 April 2017 – which is autumn in New Zealand. The weather in autumn is cooler than in the humid summer months with long fine spells. The Games is in the school holidays so families can take part. ANZAC Day also falls during the Games.
The Games are 10 days long starting with an opening ceremony and ending with a closing ceremony. During that time athletes can enjoy hanging out in the Games entertainment hub, and there is an active programme of entertainment and social activities.
The sports and venues
28 sports and 45 disciplines make up the WMG2017 sporting programme. Core sports are archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoe, cycling, football, hockey, orienteering, rowing, shooting, softball, squash, table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting. The 12 optional sports are baseball, golf, lawn bowls, netball, sailing, rugby, surf life saving, swimming, tennis, touch, volleyball and water polo. As is customary, two sports – weightlifting and orienteering – will hold their annual World Masters Championships at World Masters Games 2017. The 11 Para-Sports are Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Canoe, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Triathlon. To see the full sporting schedule including sports disiplines and age requirements click here
48 venues have now been confirmed. Visit the ‘sports’ section of our website to find out more about each venue. WMG2017 is proud that the 28 sports will be held in some of Auckland’s best sporting venues. Venues will offer athletes access to important associated facilities and in most cases, transport routes will be defined in advance to help competitors get to and from their venues with ease.
Athletes do not generally have to qualify, however in some cases there are entry requirements. This applies particularly to those event that double as a world championships. The World Masters Games 2017 is an event for serious competitors and social grades alike. Compete to win or compete to have fun, it’s up to you.
Lowest competitor ages by sport
The lowest competitive age is defined by each sport. It can be as young as 25 as in the case of swimming and 30 as in the case of archery, canoe polo, football and shooting. In general, you’re a masters athlete by the age of 35. There is no upper age limit.
The age category you compete in is dependent on the sport. For most sports, the age category cut off date is 31 December 2017. For example if you are 44 during Games time, but have turned 45 by the end of the year you would compete in the 45+ age category.
The two sports with a different cut off date are Athletics and Squash, with the date being the first day of competition. Therefore the age you are on at the first day of competition for either sport, determines which age category you compete in.
Athletes compete in age brackets of five to 10 years, depending on the sport. In teams, the competitive age category is usually based on the age of the youngest member of the team. There are some exceptions to this rule, rowing is determined by the average age of the crew and surf life saving and athletics relay events are determined by the combined ages of team members. Some sports are structured to include a variety of competition formats, which range from competitive to social to recreational.
Insurance cover and medical testing
Your entry fee does not include any form of insurance, including any medical or travel insurance. It is the Participants’ responsibility to secure private travel and medical insurance to cover any liabilities associated with their travel and accommodation in relation to attending or participating in the event.
If you are an Athlete or Para-Sport Athlete, you confirm and acknowledge that you are physically and mentally capable of competing in the Sport you have entered and have not been advised otherwise by a medical professional. Athletes are not required by the Organiser to undergo medical testing prior to the Games.
Team uniforms and use of logo
As our Games Merchandise partner, Project Clothing has the exclusive rights for use of the WMG2017 logo and/or event name on sportswear. Due to this, we are unable to facilitate the use of our logo on team uniforms, other than via Project Clothing.
If you wish to design your own team wear, you can do this with Project Clothing. Going through this system, you will be able to add the WMG2017 logo to your uniforms. You will be able to select your team colours, team names and other inclusions for your uniforms.
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The sports schedule and competing in more than one sport
Scheduling is a continuous work in progress with our Sports and Venues Operations division and sports partners. As our needs and competitor numbers become clearer, details are being confirmed and regularly released on our website. Click here to view the preliminary sports schedule.
You can keep updated with your Sports competition and scheduling in the Sports Information Guide which can be found on each Sports page.
Depending on your chosen sport, there may be an opportunity to participate in another sport - but with 28 sports contested over 10 days of the Games, there are also bound to be some clashes! Each additional sport comes with a cost of $50.
Exact competition times are still being finalised and will be made available on the Games website once confirmed.
'Sold out' sports and waitlists
For most sports that have sold out, we have a waitlist that you can access from the registration system or the sports page on the WMG2017 website. Some sports have a definite limit but for others, there is a chance that an increase in capacity in selected age categories and divisions will be possible.
Either way, if you’re keen to join, you need to be on the waitlist. We’ll be contacting people as soon as we have more information as to whether we can increase capacity, or when we have cancellations from registered individuals and teams. To those already on the waitlist, we appreciate your patience.
Number of disciplines to enter for each sport
For sports that have multiple disciplines and events, you can enter as many disciplines and events as your sport programme allows, without having to pay an additional fee. Please view your sports's webpage on our website, and see the Sports Information Guide for information regarding your sport's programme.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to check the sports schedule prior to registration to ensure their sports/disciplines do not clash.
Finding a team to join
Visit the Games Community. The community forum offers a place to ask questions and seek team members.
Travel, Transport & Accomodation BACK TO TOP
Accommodation and travel ideas
World Masters Games 2017 is pleased to announce their partnership with leading Australasian travel services company AOT Group, who will be able to provide athletes with hotel accommodation and tourism booking services for the Games. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also view a number of accommodation options here. If you're after something other than a hotel, feel free to email email@example.com with your details (group size, budget, accommodation type, preferred location, dates and any other requirements).
We recommend that you click here to visit the New Zealand Immigration website in the first instance. This will provide you with all of the necessary details around visa requirements and triggers for needing one. WMG2017 is unable to assist with visa applications.
Transport services available
All Silver and Gold packages include a transport card which provides access to Auckland's bus and train network across the 10 days of the event. Where a venue is not serviced entirely by public transport, Games shuttles will be provided for those with Silver and Gold packages. Full details about transport services will be provided closer to the Games.
Details around transport from Auckland to Cambridge (home of the Cycling and Rowing venues) will also be published closer to the event date.
Getting to and from the Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony will be held at the iconic Eden Park, just 5km from downtown Auckland. Event logistics are still being developed. More details will be posted to our website as they are finalised, so please check back regularly, or sign up to the Games newsletter.
Travelling with sports equipment
Click here for information about transporting large pieces of sporting gear by air, suggestions on how to transport gear once you are landside, and equipment storage during the Games.
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Opening and Closing Ceremony location and information
The Opening Ceremony will be held at the iconic Eden Park and includes a parade of sports. The Closing Ceremony is at Queen's Wharf, Downtown Auckland.
You can find full details about both events here.
Cost of Ceremonies
Only those who have registered to participate as either an Athlete, Supporter or Non-Playing Official can attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Attendance at the Opening Ceremony is included in all WMG2017 participant packages, so no additional cost.
Entertainment Hub location and information
The Entertainment Hub will be located at Queen’s Wharf in the heart of Auckland City. The Wharf is positioned in Downtown Auckland and is within easy walking distance to the main transport centre and central city hotels, bars and restaurants. The Accreditation Centre will also be located at Queen's Wharf.
The Entertainment Hub will be open every day throughout the 10 days of sporting competition, with nightly entertainment on offer – including a number of events which are exclusive to Games participants. Full details about the entertainment programme will be published closer to Games time.
The Entertainment Hub is also home to the Gold Lounge – accessible only to Gold participants. The Gold Lounge is open every day offering a place to relax and unwind, with free WiFi, electrical charging facilities, newspapers, light refreshments and concierge services.
Participant-only social occasions are included in all packages, with a special cocktail function offered inside the Gold package.
Accreditation BACK TO TOP
Location and opening date
Your Accreditation pass will need to be collected from The World Masters Games 2017 Entertainment Hub at Queen's Wharf, 85-89 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland. Accreditation will open on 16 April and stay open for the duration of the Games. Opening Hours are available here.
Please note that on Friday 21 April the Accreditation centre will close by 5pm due to the Opening Ceremony taking place that evening.
What to bring
In early April 2017, each participant will be sent a confirmation email to the email address nominated during the registration process. This email will include a barcode that you can produce at the Accreditation desk (either on your mobile phone, tablet or printed) in order for your pass to be produced. You will also need to show photo identification and proof of age using your passport or driver's license. Those with a foreign driver's license need to be able to produce an English translation.
Collection on behalf of another
We recommend that participants collect their own Accreditation pass and inclusions. If you're a team manager and you need to collect the team's Accreditation passes of their behalf, you'll need to bring each participants official Entry Confirmation AND their ID (either original or a copy). You'll also be required to sign a letter confirming that you have collected the pass on their behalf and collect all bags and inclusions for the team.
At the Accreditation centre in Auckland, each participant will receive an Accreditation pass, WMG2017 backpack and Games guide. Silver participants will also receive a WMG2017 t-shirt, transport card and Auckland attractions pass. Access to the Auckland Council leisure centres is available from the time Accreditation is collected. Gold participants receive the same as Silver participants, as well as a fast track Accreditation service, attendance to an exclusive cocktail function, entry to the Gold Lounge, ferry services and a bottle of New Zealand wine. All those who registered before 31 March 2016 will receive a limited addition Hall of Fame pin.
Waikato - Rowing and Track Cycling
Those not attending the Opening Ceremony in Auckland and who are staying in the Waikato area will be able to collect their Accreditation pass at a location close to the Rowing and Track Cycling venues. Note that print facilities will not be available here meaning pass amendments cannot be processed, and replacements cannot be issued.
Gold package holders will not receive a fast-track accreditation experience in Waikato, nor will the bottle of wine (as included in the Gold package) be available at this location.
More detail on Waikato Accreditation can be found here.
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Applying to volunteer
The Volunteer application process can be found here.
Full volunteer FAQs are available here.
Types of volunteer roles
There will be a wide range of volunteer roles available that cover all 25 sports and 48 venues of the World Masters Games 2017. Volunteer roles are varied, and include all referees, umpires and officials, as well as areas such as transport, media services, accreditation and VIP services.
All volunteer roles will be based either in Auckland or Waikato (Cambridge or Lake Karapiro).
For full details and position descriptions for each volunteer role, click here.
Volunteer as a referee or umpire
Most World Masters Games 2017 sports require volunteer referees or umpires – these are known as our ‘Sport Volunteers’. You can complete an online application to be a Sport Volunteer here
Corporate Challenge BACK TO TOP
Registration open and close dates
Registrations are now open. Corporate Challenge registrations close on 31 January 2017.
Corporate Challenge benefits
The Corporate Challenge is an opportunity to hero your company and people, both internally and externally, via social channels. Promote wellness, comradery, and healthy competition amongst business peers. In addition to this, your company also receives:
- Company registration into the Corporate Challenge
- Company name on Corporate Challenge page of WMG2017 website
- One complimentary non-playing official accreditation pass for your company organiser on sign up, valued at $145
- WMG2017 Corporate Challenge commemorative pin for all participants
- Opportunity to:
- Create a branded uniform for staff*
- Talk about WMG2017 internally & externally*
- Provide a payment subsidy to staff
- Be eligible for other in-market promotions for WMG2017
Registering a company for the Corporate Challenge
All you need to do is contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set your company up with a unique code and provide a tool kit and information to promote internally.
Registering an individual under a company
If you know your unique company code then you just need to register as an athlete here. On the ‘About You’ page during registration you will be asked to enter your unique company code. If you do not know your unique code, continue with your registration, then email us at email@example.com – we can add in your code later