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Countdown is on to Australian Masters Games in Geelong

5 October 2012

Countdown is on to Australian Masters Games in Geelong

525,600 minutes.

That’s how much time participants in the 2013 Australian Masters Games in Geelong have to get themselves organised, in shape and ready for the biggest multi sports festival in Australia.

And to remind everyone exactly how long there is to go, organising committee advisory board chair Kean Selway joined members of the Geelong Shufflers netball team to unveil a countdown clock to celebrate the one-year-to-go milestone.

The clock will move around Geelong, Victoria and Australia over the coming months as the countdown to the 2013 edition of the Australian Master Games continues.

Held every two years, Geelong will host the 14th edition of the Games that began as a much smaller affair with 3,695 participants in Hobart in 1987.

Entrants in 2013 will have the choice of around 60 sports – from archery to weightlifting and almost everything in between. 

It is expected that more than 8,000 participants will descend on Geelong for the 10 day festival that will inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the beauty of the Masters Games is that almost anyone can participate.

“For some it’s about winning, but for most of the 8,000 plus weekend warriors it’s about joining their mates in friendly competition,” Mr Delahunty said.

“The minimum age for most sports is 30 however in some of the sports like gymnastics the minimum age is just twenty, so we welcome participants from a very broad age range.

“And there’s no maximum age limit. As long as you meet the minimum age required for each sport you are eligible to participate – that’s the great thing about Masters sport,” Mr Delahunty said.

Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) Councillor John Mitchell said Geelong was the perfect location for the Games.

“Geelong was a proud host of the 2009 Australian Masters Games which attracted over 7,000 participants, more than 2,800 of those were from interstate visitors whose stay in Geelong provided a strong boost for local businesses,” Cr Mitchell said.

“It’s a social event as much as a sporting event, so Geelong’s waterfront precinct will be a focus of much of the social side of the 10 day festival of sport.

“Geelong’s sporting facilities are ready and waiting for more than 8,000 participants and the restaurants and cafés will also be ready for them and their families and friends from around Australia and the world.

It’s expected that participants will come from all states and territories of Australia, with the 13th edition in Adelaide also attracting entrants from 18 countries.

Organising committee advisory board chair Kean Selway said the Australian Masters Games provides the perfect opportunity to make the wider community aware of the benefits of participating in sport.

“One of our key aims is to encourage the Masters sport demographic in ongoing activity that is beneficial to their long term health and wellbeing, and encourage a positive active lifestyle,” Mr Selway said.

“The Games promote the importance of health and fitness for a broad age range and also aims to stress the significance of balancing physical activity with social outcomes. In doing so, the Games highlight the myriad of attractions of sport - skill, achievement, competition, social interaction, and satisfaction.

Entries for the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong will open in early 2013, however interested participants can join the Masters Games Family by registering at to receive Games updates and early bird entry details.


XIV Australian Masters Games Snapshot


Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October, 2013


Geelong, Victoria is the host city of the XIV Australian Masters Games. Just an hour from Melbourne, Geelong is set on a sparkling bay with a well-developed and welcoming waterfront precinct, and an array of nearby tourist destinations.


Over 8,800 people from across Australia and overseas are expected to converge on Geelong for this week-long event. Participants will come from all walks of life - the only criteria is that they must be over 30 years of age at the time of the games (selected sports such as gymnastics may have a lower minimum age). There is no maximum age or qualification criterion, only the minimum age requirement.  There is also no limit to the number of events a person is allowed to compete in.


There are expected to be over 60 different sports on offer, ranging from athletics to croquet. A full list of participating sports will be announced in the near future.


As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise a variety of social events throughout the week, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors and visitors to Geelong.


State Government of Victoria, City of Greater Geelong, ThermaLife, St Laurence


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For further information (media only) please contact:

Chris Kenner – Australian Masters Games Media

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