8 July 2016
A gut-busting fitness test, dedicated training schedule and running the Games half marathon are all part of radio DJ Dom Harvey’s latest role as an ambassador for World Masters Games 2017 (WMG2017).
Organisers today announced Harvey as the newest WMG2017 ambassador and also announced Mediaworks as an official media partner.
Harvey can rightly be described as radio’s marathon man – he’s survived in the industry for more than a quarter of a century and he’s addicted to running marathons.
He says he was keen to be an ambassador for the Games because they encapsulate what drives him – the love of sport.
“I am an exercise addict. I wasn’t always this way, it was an addiction that grew over time and now I cannot imagine my life without regular exercise. If I can encourage others to get out there and give something a go then I will,” Harvey says.
He says his goal in the Games half marathon will be the same as it is when the gun sounds for the start of any race.
“I will try and run a personal best. For me, that’s is the joy of running. It is not about beating other people. It is just about beating yourself and what you have done in the past, whatever your age may be.”
Harvey was influenced by his mother’s love of running and started out in 10km fun runs before competing his first marathon at 14. He’s now completed about 13 marathons and tries to do one or two a year.
He even credits running with saving his life after he collapsed and almost died in the Auckland marathon a decade ago.
“A giant tumour was discovered in my abdomen. Some cheeky friends say it was running that almost killed me. The truth is it was the running that saved me. Had I not been running, the tumour may have killed me before it was even discovered,” Harvey says.
He has set himself a goal to run the six events that make up the ‘World Marathon Majors’ and so far he’s ticked off Boston, New York, London, and Chicago and is planning to complete the Berlin race in September.
He’s had a helping hand towards that goal and his WMG2017 half marathon, having been put through his paces at the AUT Millennium Sports Performance Clinic on Auckland’s North Shore to benchmark his fitness – a gut-busting cardio-respiratory test which required him to run on a treadmill almost to the point of collapse while his breath, maximal oxygen intake and lactate threshold were monitored and analysed.
The results are being used to formulate a bespoke, monitored training programme which he will undertake between now and WMG2017 to help him achieve his goals in Berlin and Auckland.
WMG2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten says while Harvey is better known as a media personality he is also a gutsy athlete whose approach to running embodies the spirit of World Masters Games.
“Dom is a WMG2017 ambassador who will represent the weekend warriors that will make up the vast majority of the 25,000 athletes at the Games – those who have day jobs and who have never been full time or professional athletes but who push themselves and enjoy competing for the love of sport,” she says.
The goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated. There is generally no need to qualify or be selected to compete. Anybody who is over the minimum age for their chosen sport, and meets the minimum disability classification requirements in the case of para-sports, can take part.
“It’s great to see that, like many of our ambassadors, Dom’s backing his words with action by training and competing at the Games in Auckland.”
Harvey joins a stellar list of WMG2017 ambassadors that includes Lord Sebastian Coe, Kiwi Olympians Anthony Mosse, Hamish Carter, Allison Roe and Duane Kale as well as Canadian basketball maestro Jude Kelly, Japanese baseball legend Naoyuki Shimizu and Australian softball superstar Jenny Holiday.
While he will be dedicating much of the next 10 months to running training, Harvey’s day job is as a radio DJ. He is one-third of The Edge's Morning Crew with his wife Jay-Jay and Clinton Randell.
For more information on WMG2017 please visit www.worldmastersgames207.co.nz.
For further information please contact:
Jill Dryden, Ambassadors Manager, 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.
WMG2017 seeks to deliver $36 million GDP and 250,000 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 ($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), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), International Masters Games Association (IMGA), Air New Zealand, SKYCITY Auckland, Pita Pit, Volvo Cars New Zealand, Mediaworks, QMS, Airbnb, Fusesport, KPMG, Mighway, NZCT, Brian Perry Charitable Trust and The Trusts Community Foundation.