Twenty-five thousand athletes from more than 100 countries will touch down in the city for 10 days of sporting challenge and excitement, from 21-30 April, 2017. It will be the largest event staged in New Zealand across a decade, featuring 28 sports played across 45 competition venues, from stadiums and arenas to beaches and forests. And this time you won’t be cheering from the sidelines. This time it’s your chance to compete.
Founded on the ‘sport for all’ philosophy of the Olympic Charter, the summer World Masters Games is held every four years, promoting lifelong competition between mature sports people, regardless of age, gender, race, status and religion. The Games are open to athletes of all ages and capabilities. You don’t need to qualify or be selected. You just need to be of masters age in your chosen sport. Athletes compete in their own age group, with many sports also offering competition categories – competitive, recreational or social. So whether you’re serious about winning, or in it for fun, the event is for you.
Just like in the Olympics, there are opening and closing ceremonies, and medals in all age and participation categories. However the World Masters Games is more than just a sporting competition. Between play there’s the chance to soak up the vibe of the 10-day sports festival at the official entertainment hub. Here you can enjoy social activities and entertainment, a health and lifestyle expo, restaurants and bars, and take the opportunity to meet fellow Games participants.
The minimum age for the Archery competition is 30, with your age determined as at 31 December 2017. Athletes will compete in ten year age groups, from 30-39 up to 70+. For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40-49 age category.
- 18m Round and 25m Round (combined total of both decides winners)
- All ages shoot these distances
- World Archery Marked Field Round - 24 targets
- IFAA Field Round - 28 targets
- All ages shoot 50m target
Indoor - ASB Showgrounds, located just over 8km south of Auckland Central
Field - Massey Archery Club, located just over 18.5km west of Auckland Central
Target - Cornwall Park, also located just over 8km south of Auckland Central