World Masters Games 2017 registrations for most sports close today with more than 25,000 participants registered for the Games.

Registrations to date – Key facts and figures

Total number of participants registered (as of 10am Friday 3 March) – 26, 378

Total number of athletes – 23,705

Total number of supporters and non-playing officials – 2,673

Male participants – 53%

Female participants – 47%

Age of youngest competitor* – 25 (Swimming)

Age of oldest competitor* – 101 (Athletics)

Number of countries represented – 100

*At the time of competition in April 2017

 

Top 10 countries

Number of participants

New Zealand

10,594

Australia

6,966

Canada

2,000

USA

1,260

United Kingdom

462

Russia

447

Sweden

430

Japan

383

Finland

323

Germany

269


 

Most popular team sports

Number of teams

Basketball

170

Beach Volleyball

153

Softball

144

Football

135

Indoor Volleyball

109

Hockey

106

 

Most popular individual sports

Number of competitors

Athletics

1953

Orienteering

1733

Swimming

1625

Badminton

1180

Rowing

1157


Places still available for some sports

While most sports (including all team sports) have closed to allow WMG2017 organisers to finalise draws, the following individual sports / disciplines will remain open for registrations until 31 March 2017. Athletes can also join existing teams up until 31 March 2017 for the majority of team sports.

Sports / Disciplines

Description

Athletics Road Races

10km and Half Marathon along Auckland’s waterfront

Athletics Cross Country

Auckland Domain

Cycling Criterium

Wynyard Quarter

Cycling Mountain Bike

Woodhill Forest

Triathlon - Sprint

Auckland waterfront – swim 750m, bike 20km, run 5km

Triathlon - Standard

Auckland waterfront – swim 1.5km, bike 40km, run 10km

Swimming – Open Water

1500m, 2.5km or 5km Ocean Swim at Takapuna Beach

 

How else to be involved

People can still get involved in WMG2017 by:

  • Registering an as official supporter or non-playing official before Games-time
  • Joining a registered team via the community Forum at worldmastersgames2017.co.nz which has notifications from teams still looking for competitors

For more information visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

 

Ends.

 

For further information please contact:

Chris Gregory, Media Manager – World Masters Games 2017 - Tel: 027 292 3601.

 

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 at least 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.