Australian Masters Games

Give Where You Live Foundation appointed Community Partner

1 February 2013

Give Where You Live Foundation appointed Community Partner

The Australian Masters Games is pleased to announce that Give Where You Live Foundation will be the community partner for the 14th edition of the Australians Masters Games in Geelong in October 2013.

Give Where You Live CEO Bill Mithen (pictured left) joined Australian Masters Games Chair Kean Selway (far right), and bowlers from the Belmont Bowls Club for the announcement.

Give Where You Live Foundation is Geelong’s leading philanthropic organisation dedicated to reducing education, income and health disadvantage by building capacity, mobilising resources and creating positive, long term social changes.

Give Where You Live Foundation raises in excess of $2 million dollars annually, which is then allocated to over 80 local organisations who provide services to care for those in the Geelong community.

Approximately one in eight people in Geelong are being helped by a Give Where You Live funded project each year.

For each edition, the Australian Masters Games partner with a local community organisation in a mutually beneficial bond that sees much need funds raised for the community, along with the opportunity for both the Games, and the organisation to gain invaluable exposure.

Participants of the Australian Masters Games will have the option of donating to Give Where You Live Foundation during the registration process. Further fundraising projects will be developed in the lead up to the event.

Kean Selway, Chair of the 14th Australian Masters Games is proud to support Give Where You Live, recognising the opportunity to give back to the Geelong community.

“Through our community partnerships, the Australian Masters Games are able to contribute to the communities that provide us with a home for each edition. Last edition we raised over $11,000 for the Little Heroes Foundation in Adelaide and we look forward to being able to do the same for Give Where You Live Foundation,” Selway said.

“A partnership with the Australian Masters Games also means that Give Where You Live Foundation will be able to gain increased exposure, along with a series of networking opportunities, helping the long term prospects of the organisation.”

Bill Mithen CEO of Give Where You Live Foundation is excited about the opportunities the Australian Masters Games community partnership will offer.

“As an organisation we are thrilled to join with the Australian Masters Games as the community partner. The Games promote such similar values to us and to have them give back to the Geelong community in this way is great,” Mithen said.

“Through this partnership we have the opportunity to grow as an organisation and to make our name better known throughout not just Geelong, but all over Australia as well, along with assisting to raise some much needed funds in the Geelong community.”

The Australian Masters Games is a mass participation sporting event for anyone over the age of 30, attracting over 8,000 participants in around 60 events, with its 14th edition being held in Geelong from the 5th to 12th October 2013. Entries open on 18 March.


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 will be over 60 different sports on offer, ranging from athletics to croquet. A full list of participating sports is available at


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, ADCELL, Deakin, FuseSPORT, Neann, Give Where You Live Foundation, St Laurence, ThermaLife


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