The 21st to 30th April 2017 will see the largest multi-sport event in the world coming to Auckland in the form of the 9th Masters Games. Auckland will be the proud host of this fantastic event, with nearly thirty sports played over the ten days at forty five venues throughout Auckland and the Waikato. An official programme has now been confirmed that includes twenty eight sports and forty five disciplines, in what many believe will be the best Masters Games yet.
Aucklanders will be able to see athletes competing in archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, canoe, cycling, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, orienteering, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, softball, squash, surf life-saving, swimming, table tennis, tennis, touch, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, and weightlifting.
Each competition game and tournament will be officiated according to international federation rules and guiding principles. A number of the sports will have different grades, ranging from more social to highly competitive, giving those taking part with differing skill levels the chance to participate and be competitive against other of similar abilities.
The 2017 Masters Games in Auckland will offer men’s and women’s sports, such as Taekwondo, with the exception of baseball which will be for men only. Following tradition the sports of weightlifting and orienteering will also run their yearly World Masters Championships in conjunction with this event. The 9th World Masters Games will also feature eight para sports, which will be archery, athletics, canoe, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, table tennis, and tennis.
The Games will be run throughout Auckland and parts of the Waikato at five competition venues, giving athletes, supporters and spectators the opportunity to enjoy the city’s state of the art sporting venues along with its famed coastal scenery and local hospitality.
In selecting Auckland and New Zealand to host the 2017 World Masters Games, organisers have focused on the welfare of the participating athletes, making sure all sporting venues have the necessary facilities and resources to cater for the vast numbers of athletes and supporters that will flock to the city, including transportation and food and drink.
The Masters Games organisers will be looking for around five thousand volunteers to help run this fantastic event, if you keen to be a part of this in any way then check out this Wikipedia link for more information.