Australian Masters Games

One year to go - Have a Devil of a Time in Tassie

21 October 2016

One year to go - Have a Devil of a Time in Tassie

Friday, 21 October 2016

The 16th Australian Masters Games today celebrated the one-year-to-go milestone with a range of significant and unique announcements, including the Games social and entertainment program that will involve multiple towns in the region and a range of events and activities designed to promote the uniqueness of Tasmania’s North-West.

Other major announcements, unveiled today at stakeholder breakfasts across the North-West include:

  • The opening ceremony will be hosted by Devonport City and the event will incorporate engagement with the local community
  • The Games accreditation centre will be located in Ulverstone
  • The closing ceremony and a post Games community ‘after party’ will be held in Burnie
  • The iconic Lake Barrington will host four different water sports and a motor sport (rowing, canoe/kayak, canoe – outrigger and dragon boat, plus hill climb) 
  • The location of the sports confirmed to date, including athletics in Penguin, baseball in Spreyton, basketball in Devonport, boxing in Port Sorell, sailing in Wynyard, softball in Ulverstone and tennis in Burnie; for full list of sports see link below
  • Registrations for 20 sports will open on 21st November 2016, with the remaining sports to open registrations on 21st February 2017

For a full list of sports and locations click here.

Click here to watch a promotional clip on the Games.

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 and aim to host up to 6,000 participants.  

Chairman of the Games Advisory Board, Royce Fairbrother, said the 2017 Australian Masters Games will be deliberately different from previous editions of the event.

“In 2017 the Games will take a different format than in the past and like the tagline – ‘Have a Devil of a Time in Tassie’ - it will be uniquely Tasmanian. There will be sport and community event hubs across Tasmania’s North West that will host events and social functions,” Fairbrother said.

“We look forward to showing off this area of Tasmania to our Games participants and their supporters and also getting the community involved in all aspects of the Games.”

It is expected that participants will come from all states and territories of Australia, with the previous edition in Adelaide also attracting entrants from 20 countries resulting in the injection of millions of dollars into the local economy.

“The beauty of the Games is that almost anyone can have a go and participants in 2017 will have the choice of 40 plus sports – from athletics to wood chopping and everything in between,” Fairbrother said.

“Some participants will be targeting fast times and medals, but for the vast majority it is about keeping fit and active, enjoying a sport they love, and getting together with friends,” Fairbrother added.

The Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, said it is important to take advantage of all Tasmania has to offer and embrace the local community.

“Securing of the 2017 Australian Masters Games is a coup for the Tasmania’s North West Coast and is a reflection of the sporting passion and facilities within the region,” Hodgman said.

“The breathtaking scenery and natural environment will be a great backdrop to the Games. We want the interstate participants to experience as much of Tasmania as possible, our fresh produce, great food and wine and some of the States finest nature based visitor experiences, including Cradle Mountain,” Hodgman added.

Entries for the 16th Australian Masters Games in Tasmania’s North West will open for the first 20 sports on 21 November, 2016 with the rest in early 2017.

Interested participants can join the Masters Games family by registering their email at to receive Games updates and early bird entry details.

Australian Masters Games Snapshot



Saturday, 21 October – Saturday, 28 October 2017


Tasmania’s North West


Up to 6,000 people from across Australia and overseas. The event is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is you must meet the minimum age criteria which in most sports is 30 years.


A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s largest regular multisport Games will feature 40 plus sports, ranging from athletics to wood chopping. Visit for the list of sports.


As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise a variety of social events throughout the week, including an Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony, providing a uniquely Tasmanian festival throughout the region for visitors and local communities of Tasmania’s North West.


The Australian Masters Games is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

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Media enquiries regarding the 16th Australian Masters Games can be directed to:

Christy LaPlante

Games Media and Communications

T:  03 9822 7110 or 0439 246 489


Scott Wade

Games General Manager

T: (03) 6433 8445 or 0400 219 203


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