Posted by Editoress on 04/23/15
As World Masters Games 2017 marks two years to go until the event kicks off on April 21, 2017, individual sports are upping preparations to welcome 13,000 international competitors to Auckland, New Zealand.
Cycling has five disciplines on the competition schedule. Track Cycling will be located at the Avantidrome because of the quality of the facilities on offer. Woodhill Forest will be a notable highlight for Mountain Biking, as will Auckland's waterfront, which has been selected for the Cycling Time Trial. The Wynyard Quarter will host the Cycling Criterium, and the Road Race will take place on Clevedon Roads.
With a total number of 25,000 athletes expected to compete in 2017, roughly half of which will be New Zealand competitors and half from other countries around the globe, World Masters Games is the world's largest multi-sport competition for masters age athletes.
Reflecting on the sheer size and scale of the international event, World Masters Games 2017 Organizing Committee Chief Executive Jennah Wootten says:
"The last major gathering of athletes from multiple sports in New Zealand was 25 years ago when the 1990 Commonwealth Games hit town. They seemed big at the time but a quick look at the stats shows just how much bigger the World Masters Games 2017 will be on just about every level."
Ms Wootten says the two years to go milestone offers an opportunity to reflect on progress, but not for too long.
"The clock is definitely ticking and we are ever mindful of the technical complexity of running individual competitions for 28 different sports in 45 competition venues across 10 days. Our goal is to deliver on every level a superior Games, both for the 13,000 competitors who will travel internationally to compete, and for the good of our reputation as a host nation."
"We are working closely with our Airline Partner, Air New Zealand, to ensure ease of travel to New Zealand through its international network of more than 25 destinations throughout Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, Asia, Pacific Islands and South America. In addition, the airline's extensive domestic route network means international visitors have great access to explore the rest of New Zealand before or after the Games."
"As we celebrate two years, we hope people will get behind the Games effort, and start registering their interest - either as participants, officials or perhaps volunteers. We'll be welcoming athletes from 100 countries to our country for the World Masters Games. We know New Zealanders will welcome these visitors in true kiwi style, and no doubt put up some stiff competition to keep the Games interesting."
To learn more about World Masters Games 2017 visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.
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