20 October 2016
“TEAM AUSTRALIA” LAUNCHED FOR MASTERS ATHLETES
The Australian athletes in Rio have captivated the nation throughout August and September as we’ve celebrated their success and been inspired by their efforts. And it’s not just the next generation, the youth of Australia, who benefit from this inspiration – but also the masters’ athletes who are striving to don the green and gold internationally.
The Australian Master Games has today announced the formation of “Team Australia” leading into World Masters Games 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand from 21-30 April.
Of the 25,000 athletes set to participate in Auckland across 28 sports, more than 5,000 of them are expected to be Australian.
We are inviting Australian athletes from all sports to unite under the ‘Team Australia’ banner at World Masters Games 2017.
This organised forum will help create team unity to ensure the Australian athletes get the most out of their international experience at World Masters Games 2017.
“The Australian Masters Games is excited to launch Team Australia to support the Australian masters athletes in Auckland in April,” said Australian Masters Games general manager Scott Wade.
“The commitment, loyalty and service that Australian masters have to their sports, squads and fitness deserves to be rewarded,” Wade said.
Team Australia members will receive a host of benefits such as a Team Australia t-shirt and other green and gold merchandise including a swapping kit full of unique Australian goods. In addition, the Australian Masters Games team will facilitate social occasions in Auckland. The modest Team Australia registration fee includes all the benefits outlined above, as well as a $25 discount off the Games entry fee for the 16th Australian Masters Games to be held in Tasmania’s North West from 21-28 October, 2017.
World Masters Games 2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten welcomed the launch of Team Australia.
“Team Australia makes attending the Games an even more compelling proposition for both Australian and Kiwi athletes who will no doubt relish the chance to write their own chapter in our historic Trans-Tasman sporting rivalry,” Ms Wootten said.
“The green and golds can expect a warm Auckland welcome and some serious competition”
Team Australia is a great way for athletes to not only be proud of their own success, but also an opportunity to be a part of a larger team on the world stage.
“With the Australian Masters Games being the premier sporting event for masters athletes in Australia it was only natural for us to step up and support the masters athletes competing on the world stage. We encourage the masters athletes to sign up to Team Australia to wear the green and gold with pride and enjoy two quality masters sporting festivals on the 2017 calendar,” Wade said.
Athletes are invited to register for Team Australia, via the link below.
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.