Coinciding with registrations opening in mid February, World Masters Games 2017 announced three new ambassadors. They are well-known Paralympian Duane Kale, Australian softball legend Jenny Holliday and Canadian basketball masters supremo Jude Kelly.
Four gold medals and four world records at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics mark Duane Kale as one of New Zealand’s greatest Paralympians. Equally impressive are his roles as Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Paralympic team to Beijing in 2008 and London 2012 and as a board member of Paralympics NZ and member of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. Duane has recently been appointed by IOC President Bach to the Evaluation Committee for the 2024 Olympic Games. Read Duane's profile here.
Australian softball legend Jenny Holliday is the fastest Olympic woman softball pitcher, Olympic bronze medallist, inductee into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame and its Australian equivalent, a former director of the Victorian Olympic Council and passionate masters sport fan. Her belief in the spirit of sport saw her act as an ambassador for the Sydney World Masters Games 2009. Read Jenny's profile here.
A 20 year plus veteran of the Canadian masters’ basketball circuit, Toronto-based Jude Kelly is a walking, talking passionate advocate for all things sport – especially basketball and masters sport. He is the Canadian representative for FIMBA (Federation of International Masters Basketball Association and is the driving force behind the Stooges Basketball team which captured the gold medal (50+ Division) at the Turin, Italy World Masters Games 2013. Read Jude's profile here.