Auckland father of two, Tony (Anthony) Woodcock has been confirmed as the #ThirdWheel to join Jenny-May Clarkson and husband Dean on the start line at World Masters Games 2017 (WMG2017).

WMG2017 Ambassador Jenny-May Clarkson launched an online competition last month in search of a runner to complete Team Clarkson’s Triathlon entry, and run the 5k run leg in the relay-style event.

Woodcock was one of several entries short-listed in the month long search, and according to Jenny-May it was the dad jokes that sealed the deal.

“We’ve been delighted with the response to our search, and want to thank everyone who put their name forward.

“Tony will be a welcome addition to the team, and will bring plenty of laughs to the recovery sessions at the pub, one of the key pre-requisites for us.

“With only four months to Games time, one way or another, we’ll be ready,” Jenny-May says.

Jenny-May and husband Dean have entered the Triathlon Sprint Team event which takes place on Auckland’s waterfront. Jenny-May will take on the 750 metre ocean swim and Dean will tackle the 20km bike ride.

The search for the third member of Team Clarkson was open to anybody aged 30 or over- the entry age for the triathlon event - who was up for a 5km run at next year’s Games.

As well as joining Team Clarkson, Tony Woodcock will receive $500 to assist with his Games registration, and a Team Clarkson shirt from Project Clothing.






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 25,000 athletes 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

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

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, Pita Pit, Volvo Cars New Zealand, Mediaworks, QMS, Airbnb, Fusesport, KPMG, Mighway, Hirepool, NZCT, Brian Perry Charitable Trust and The Trusts Community Foundation.