1 September 2017
Participants and locals of Tasmania’s North West will open the 16th Australian Masters Games with a food and wine festival at Devonport’s Roundhouse Park on Saturday, 21 October as a part of the month-long Devonport Food and Wine Festival.
Attendees will be treated to an evening of delicious Tasmanian produce with live music in a picturesque setting along the shores of the Mersey River.
“The Games are a huge event for the region and this festival will be a great way to kick off the week-long festivities. Having the whole community involved will add to the experience for the Games participants,” Australian Masters Games General Manager Scott Wade said.
“The Devonport City Council has pulled out all the stops and visitors and locals alike will be impressed with everything on offer.”
The Games opening celebration will start with the athlete’s parade down the main street as they make their way through a community gathering into the heart of the festival.
Once inside the festival, participants will join locals to enjoy four different zones on offer, each highlighting different aspects of Tasmania’s North West.
“The Games opening is a key event in the Masters Games program and Devonport is excited to put its best foot forward and showcase our city and region," said Mayor of Devonport Steve Martin.
"After the spectacle of the athletes march and the official launch, the community will be able to join in the festivities and immerse themselves in delicious food and wine. By involving local school children, service clubs and food and wine producers, the opening of the Games will really be a whole community celebration; celebrating the efforts of the athletes and the importance of this event for our region.”
Live music will be played throughout the evening at an outdoor country and blues lounge that will feature both local and mainland acts.
Over 20 food and drink vendors will be dishing out some of the region’s best fare in the food zone and close by there will be a zone dedicated to craft beer and cider.
For those wanting to get to know the region better, there’s a zone specifically promoting Tasmania’s award-winning tourism destinations and the local Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.
The Games Opening in Devonport will kick off a week of sporting and social occasions for the masters athletes, with the full schedule of events to be announced in the coming weeks.
Held every two years, the Games are returning to Tasmania for the first time since its inception in 1987 when Hobart attracted 3,695 participants. In 2017 Tasmania’s North West will take the spotlight with to 5,000 participants expected.
Time is running out for anyone wishing to participant in the Games. Entries for most sports close on Friday, 22 September.
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.