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New Director Appointed to World Masters Games 2017 Board

Former New Zealand hockey representative and Chair of Hockey New Zealand, Graham Child, has been appointed to the board of World Masters Games 2017.

In addition to a successful sporting career as a hockey player, coach and administrator, Mr Child is currently a Trustee on the Board of Aktive – Auckland Sport and Recreation.

He complements his sporting knowledge and experience with an extensive background in finance at senior management and governance level and is a Chartered Accountant.

Chairman of World Masters Games 2017, Sir John Wells, said the event had an underlying goal of promoting the ‘sport for all’ ethos of the Olympic Charter.

“The World Masters Games as a global event encourages people to participate and compete in sport, regardless of capability, at any age.  This ethos is very much in line with the role of Aktive, and we welcome Graham’s involvement on our board, which is very much complementary to his existing roles and interests.”

Mr Child was a New Zealand representative hockey player for New Zealand in 1990 and played more than 100 games for Auckland.  He was also the New Zealand Men’s Assistant Coach for three years during the ‘90s.  He was Chair of Hockey New Zealand for five years and is a Life Member of the organisation.

Mr Child said he was excited to be joining the Board of the World Masters Games 2017, which is the largest multi-sport event in the world, measured in terms of competitor numbers.

“The scale and complexity of a major multi-sport event such as this presents new and unique challenges.  I hope there are great legacies from the Games, and that the event inspires people across generations to participate competitively or socially.  I am delighted to be part of the Games journey from now until April 2017.”

Mr Child replaces Barry Maister who resigned as a director due to increasing commitments in his role as an International Olympic Committee member.

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For further information please contact:

Jill Dryden, Communications Manager – Ambassadors, World Masters Games 2017

Tel:  021 549 576


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 athletes will compete in 28 sports across 45 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

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 would like to thank its valued partners:  Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), International Masters Games Association (IMGA), Air New Zealand, SKYCITY Auckland, Pita Pit, NZCT