MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 24 February, 2017

World Masters Games 2017 (WMG2017) has appointed CMGSPORT as it official photographer for this year’s Games.

WMG2017 runs from April 21-30 with 25,000 participants competing in 28 sports across 48 competition venues in Auckland and the Waikato.

CMGSPORT’s 40-strong team of photographers will cover every competition venue as well as the Games Opening Ceremony at Eden Park and the Queens Wharf Entertainment Hub, which will run for the duration of the Games and host the Closing Ceremony.

CMGSPORT will provide action images for use by media, the Local Organising Committee and WMG2017 sport partners as well as capturing thousands of action images which will be made available for purchase by the competitors themselves.

World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.

For more information please visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.

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For further information please contact:
Chris Gregory, Media Manager – World Masters Games 2017 - Tel: 027 292 3601
Kevin Clarke, Photo Chief, CMGSPORT Action Images – Tel: 027 533 8209

About World Masters Games 2017
The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In terms of athlete numbers, it is bigger in scale than even the Olympics. Auckland will host the event from 21 to 30 April 2017 during which time 25,000 participants will compete in 28 sports across 48 competition venues. The Games are regarded as the largest event New Zealand will host in at least the next decade. For more information visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.

WMG2017 seeks to deliver $30.8 million GDP and 244,000 visitor nights to Auckland’s economy and $53 million GDP and 266,000 visitor nights to the wider New Zealand economy. The Government ($11 million) and Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development on behalf of Auckland Council ($11.75 million) have invested approximately two thirds of the $35.85 million required to stage the event with the remainder to come from registration fees ($8.5 million) and commercial sponsorship ($4.6 million).

About Barfoot & Thompson
Barfoot & Thompson is the presenting partner for World Masters Games 2017. It is New Zealand’s largest, privately owned real estate company and is still run by the Barfoot and Thompson families after more than 90 years. Barfoot & Thompson consistently sells around one in three homes in the Auckland region and manages more than 11,000 rental properties, well ahead of competitor brands. For more information visit www.barfoot.co.nz.

About World Masters Games 2017 valued partners
World Masters Games 2017 would like to thank its valued partners: Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), International Masters Games Association (IMGA), Air New Zealand, SKYCITY Auckland, NZCT, Pita Pit, Volvo Cars New Zealand, Mediaworks, QMS, Airbnb, Fusesport, KPMG, Mighway, Hirepool, Ritchies, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, The Trusts Community Foundation and Grassroots Trust.