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Four sporting greats named as World Masters Games 2017 ambassadors

Four New Zealand sporting greats have stepped up to represent four of the sports in the newly confirmed World Masters Games 2017 sporting programme.

The legendary line-up features former All Black Bryan ‘BeeGee’ Williams, athletics’ Allison Roe, surf lifesaver Cory Hutchings and former international footballer Noah Hickey.

They join the inagurual five ambassadors – Olympic swimming bronze medalist Anthony Mosse, Olympic triathlon gold medalist Hamish Carter, real estate businessman and masters sports disciple Garth Barfoot, former Silver Fern and TV sports presenter Jenny-May Coffin and one of New Zealand’s leading sports administrators, Susie Simcock – who were inducted into a special hall of fame as part of the ‘three years to go’ celebrations in late April.

World Masters Games 2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten said the willingness of the group of ambassadors to contribute their time, energy and connections to promote the Games to sportspeople in New Zealand and overseas is truly humbling. “From weekend warriors to elite athletes, this group of very special New Zealanders represents different sports and age groups but have one common reason for so generously agreeing to support World Masters Games 2017 – they are doing it for the ‘love of sport’”.

The nine New Zealand ambassadors are in the illustrious company of World Masters Games 2017 International Goodwill Ambassador Lord Sebastian Coe.

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For further information please contact:
Jill Dryden, Communications Manager – Ambassadors, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: 021 549 576