21 March 2017
Today marks seven months to go until the 16th Australian Masters Games get underway, and Tasmania’s North West is coming together to create a festival-like social program across the entire region, starting with the opening ceremony in Devonport.
The outdoor opening ceremony will take place in the heart of Devonport City and will link to the annual Devonport Food and Wine Festival which will bring the entire community out to celebrate the athletes and supporters who have come from around Australia and the world.
Executive chef of ever popular European Group venues, Ian Curley, is the 2017 event ambassador for the Festival, which will undoubtedly be a hit for all the foodies in attendance.
“We are pleased to not only offer a sporting competition but also a week-long social program that will provide participants with many unique activities and events to further enhance their experience of Tasmania’s North West,” general manager of the Australian Masters Games Scott Wade explained.
To close out the Games the city of Burnie will host an after party that will once again bring the community together and will be included in the annual month-long festival, Burnie Shines. It will be a massive celebration of the work the Games participants, supporters, officials and volunteers have put in over the week.
“The timing of the Australian Masters Games coincides perfectly with an exciting month of festivals in the area giving all those involved a perfect setting to celebrate their participation in the Games,” Wade said.
Athletes, officials, supporters and volunteers can also enjoy the accreditation site at the wharf precinct in Ulverstone, which will be abuzz with activities, local food and beverage offerings.
Unlike in years past, the social program will not be held at a single Games Village location, but will instead take place across the entire north west coast of Tasmania and will truly be an unmissable experience that everyone will want to be a part of.
Stay tuned for more details about the full social program in the coming months.
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.