Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


“The best Games ever!”

“The best Games ever!”

The curtain has come down on World Masters Games 2017, with the International Masters Games Association declaring the Auckland Games the best ever.

The Games concluded this evening with a Closing Ceremony at The Cloud on Queens Wharf.

Formalities included speeches from Minister for Sport and Recreation Jonathan Coleman, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, IMGA President Kai Holm, WMG2017 Chairman Sir John Wells and Barfoot and Thompson Managing Director Peter Thompson, before a ceremonial handover to the Chairman of WMG2021 Kansai, Shosuke Mori.

Kai Holm told the Closing Ceremony audience that the 2017 Games had met all the professional standards expected of Auckland with all venues in perfect condition.

“To this we can add the warm kindness we have received from our new friends in this beautiful country. And especially one group made these Games absolutely fantastic – our volunteers!

“Together you have made these the best Games ever!”

WMG 2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten is delighted with the IMGA’s ultimate accolade.

She says the Local Organising Committee’s goal from day one was to deliver the best Games ever and she is thrilled that all the hard work that went into planning and preparation over four years paid off in the delivery of an outstanding World Masters Games experience for the 28,000 participants involved.

Ms Wootten says the delivery of 28 sports (including 45 disciplines) across 48 venues has been a mammoth logistical undertaking.

“Consider that between the spectacular Opening Ceremony at Eden Park and tonight’s Closing Ceremony on Queens Wharf, the Games have included more than 2000 rounds of Golf, over 120,000 arrows fired in the Archery competition, almost 600 Swimming races, more than 1150 Tennis games and almost 240,000 points played on the Badminton courts – and that’s only five of our 28 sports.”

Ms Wootten says she and her team have been thrilled with the feedback from athletes, supporters, officials, volunteers and others on how smoothly the Games have run.

“The spirit of the World Masters Games has been well and truly alive this past week and beyond the medals is a vein of pure heart that is passed from athlete to athlete and infuses all those around. Friends are inspired by friends to take part. Competitors from distant countries farewell fellow competitors and promise to meet them in Kansai in 2021.

“We so often talked about camaraderie in building up to these Games, but seeing it in action is inspiring and humbling. I am so proud that we never lost sight of the true mission of WMG2017 which is sport for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, status and age.”

The next World Masters Games take place in Kansai, Japan from 15-30 May, 2021.

` Ends

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Strange Overtones - David Byrne's American Utopia Tour

Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button Kenzo suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. More>>

Governor-General's Speech: Armistice Day 100 Years On

The response was more muted amongst our soldiers at the Front. Many received the news quietly... There was no cheering. The chaps didn’t get excited. It was just a matter of relief. We didn’t celebrate at all. More>>


Auckland Fringe Programme: A Celebration Of The Bizarre And Beautiful

Building on a huge 2018 programme that saw 492 creatives take 81 events for ventures around the city for a total of 347 performances, Auckland Fringe returns this summer, running February 19 – March 3, 2019. More>>

Erebus Crash: Call For National Memorial Designs

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage welcomes expressions of interest from architects, artists, landscape architects and designers, for the National Erebus Memorial planned to mark the 40th anniversary since the accident. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland