Hamish CarterOlympic gold medal winning triathlete Hamish Carter is in the league of athletes who needs no introduction. His achievements include gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, a four-year reign from 1997 to 2000 as world number one and a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2002. Yet in 2017 you may not see him pounding the pavements, pushing the pedals or ploughing through the water as a triathlon contender. He’s eager to mix it up and try something new.

“Sport is a great connector,” says Hamish. “And masters sport is a great way for people to get back in the game – either for themselves or for the challenge of competing with other athletes from around the world.”

Hamish says he’s excited the Games are coming to Auckland. “I love the fact Aucklanders are active and enjoy participating. The World Masters Games 2017 will be a wonderful celebration at a level that is accessible to everyone.”

Hamish is currently involved with SKYNEXT, a Sky Sports programme which supports 18 up and coming athletes to go from good to great. He also leads the Performance Planning team at High Performance Sport New Zealand, a role which allows him to bring a focus on what he believes is the key to success – planning and preparation.