Events News: Masters Games Round-Up
The SportingPulse Event team is proud to be involved with four major Masters events taking place over the next two years. If you're over 35 (over 20 in some sports) and enjoy sport, then why not compete in these great events? Check out the websites for more details.
European Masters Games
The European Masters Games begins this month and will be held for the first time in Malmö, Sweden. It starts on 29 August to 7 September and promises to be a festival of sports, social events and new experiences.
With thousands of participants divided amongst more than 25 sports, Malmö is looking forward to holding its own mini Olympics.
The European Masters Games take place every four years and are open to everyone. There are no qualification or selection criteria and participants compete as individuals and not in national teams. The only entry requirement is that competitors satisfy the minimum age (35 for most sports) and are a European citizen.
The EMG2008 website is available in English, Swedish, German and French and includes online registration as well as all the latest EMG news, information on all the events and venues, and accommodation and travel information for Malmö and the Region.
To visit the EMG2008 website, click here.
Alice Springs Masters Games
The Alice Springs Masters Games takes place in 11 - 18 October and will see the return of an Australian sporting legend.
The Northern Territory has been hosting Masters events in Alice Springs since 1986 and the Games has gained a reputation as "The Friendly Games".
Registrations have been coming in hard and fast and some sports are close to capacity but although registrations have officially closed, there may be vacancies in some sports so contact the Games Office on 1800 658 951 for further information.
These Alice Springs Masters Games will see the return to the pool of Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser.
Dawn will be swimming competitively for the first time in more than 20 years and was motivated to get back in the pool after seeing her Games record broken in 2006. She says she is hoping to set a new world record.
“I’m confident I’ll be able to break the Games record, and possibly even the national record. The real icing on the cake would be to break the world record, but I won’t know if that will be achievable for me until I get a few more weeks into my training,” said Dawn.
“I've been Patron of the Alice Springs Masters Games since 1986. It is a great event that really encourages the ‘give it a go’ attitude. There’s no better place to make my re-entry into the pool than in a friendly environment with thousands of competitors my age."
Dawn Fraser will be competing in the 50m Freestyle on Sunday 11 October.
To visit the Alice Springs Masters Games website, click here
Australian Masters Games
Registrations have recently opened for the 12th Australian Masters Games, which will be held in Geelong from 20 February - 1 March 2009 and what will be another great Australian multisport festival.
There are more than 70 sports to participate in and a festive social calendar in the vibrant city of Geelong and its surrounding regions, such as the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Road.
Once again the Online Registration, results management software and website of the Australian Masters Games have been provided by SportingPulse, the long-time technology partner of the Australian Masters Games.
AMG participants and family and friends back home can check daily news and results on their event's website and by joining mySport, they can display their schedule, results and ladders on their mySport website and create a personal record of their 12th Australian Masters Games experience.
Participants can also join their event's myCommunity and add fellow competitors to their friends list, keep a diary of their progress on their Sports Log, upload photographs and slide shows, and embed videos and share it all with friends, who can leave comments and messages of support.
World Masters Games
The seventh World Masters Games will be held in Sydney, from 10 - 18 October 2009 and with 30,000 competitors expected to take part it will be the biggest mass participation, multi-national, multi-sport festival in the world.
The Games will see 26 sports contested over nine days at more than 70 venues throughout Sydney. The 30,000 competitors will be joined by 30,000 companions, trainers and support staff along with 6,000 volunteers.
The World Masters Games is one of the great international sporting events, fostering not only competitive excellence but a sense of camaraderie and enjoyment in the true spirit of sport.
“With adequate training, all Australians can participate in the Games and have an Olympic style experience competing against athletes from more than 100 countries. This alone is a great incentive to start training and improve your physical fitness," said Margy Osmond, Chair of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games.
“Volunteering is another rewarding option. 6,000 volunteers are required as Sydney looks to reignite the same spirit and camaraderie that made the 2000 Olympic Games such a success.”
To register for the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games or to find out about volunteering, click here.