The ultimate multi-sport festival for Australia’s older athletes is set to kick off tomorrow, with the 16th edition of the Australian Masters Games ready to begin in Tasmania – and the event will include two days of BMX action at Wynyard BMX Park.
More than 5,000 of Australia’s fittest and enthusiastic weekend warriors will descend on the Apple Isle over the next week to participate in 47 sports. Pleasingly, there will also be an international flavour with entrants from Canada, Denmark, India, Scotland, Singapore, Germany, Guam, Indonesia, New Zealand, USA, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UK, South Africa, Malaysia, New Caledonia and Nigeria.
While competing for gold will be the priority, the event also places a large focus on encouragement and engagement with the Masters sports demographic, by promoting the benefits of sport and a positive, active lifestyle.
Among the action will be the BMX competition, to be held at Wynyard BMX Park, Wynyard.
The BMX component begins with sign on and practice on Thursday October 26, with racing to run across Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28.
Riders will be competing across 20-inch, cruiser and retro classes, and will be conducted in accoradance with the BMX Australia Rules and Regulations.
In addition to the Masters event, Wynyard BMX Park have also taken the opportunity to run a junior competition in conjunction with the main event. The ‘Junior Masters Games’ will also take place next week, making the BMX component of this major event a sincerely family oriented event.
Next week’s event is also something of a homecoming for Masters competition, with the Australian Masters Games having been inaugurated in Tasmania, the first event being held in Hobart in 1987. The longevity and growth of the biannual event is something that Confederation of Australian Sport chief executive and president Rob Bradley highlighted, while praising the inclusive nature of this multi-sport event.
“We concentrate a lot on elite sport in Australia, however sport is a lifelong pursuit and the Australian Masters Games is the longest running Masters Games in Australia,” Bradley told australianmastersgames.com.
“Many of the participants this week took up sport in later life as well, like sailor Ted Moule who will experience his first Masters Games at 93. Many reunite with old sporting teammates to relive past glories, and some form new teams just to be part of the action.”
“When the Australian Masters Games staged its first edition in Hobart in 1987, it was the first of its kind… now of course there are many masters competitions and individual sports also stage national and world championships events… however the Australian Masters Games remains the biggest multi-sport masters Games in Australia and it’s something to be very proud of.”
The event isn’t just focused on sporting competition, many social events are also scheduled for the week and are open to the local community and those that have travelled to Tasmania for the Games.
The XVI Australia Masters Games kick off tomorrow, Saturday October 20 and run for a week, concluding on Saturday October 28 in Tasmania.