With not long to go until the opening ceremony, preparations are in full swing for the 2013 Australian Masters Games, Michael O’Brien MP, Member for Malvern said today.
Mr O’Brien encouraged Malvern sporting enthusiasts to sign up to the nation’s largest multi-sport participation event, the 2013 Australian Masters Games.
Mr O’Brien said there was still time for people to sign up to participate in the Games which take place over 10 days from 5-12 October 2013 in and around the Geelong region.
“The Australian Masters Games are an excellent opportunity to showcase our sporting associations, Victoria’s capacity to stage major events and to inspire a large number of people to be more active, more often,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Victorian Government is proud to be a major supporter of this event, which provides Victorians the exciting chance to participate in a grass roots sporting competition with participants from across the nation,” Mr O’Brien said.
Geelong hosted the 2009 Australian Masters Games attracting more than 7,000 participants including more than 2,800 interstate visitors whose stay in Geelong provided a strong boost for local businesses and the Victorian economy.
The Australian Masters Games have been staged biennially since 1987 and involve up to 11,000 entrants across as many as 60 sports.
Participants range in age from 30 to 100 years and include recreation athletes, right through to former Olympians.
Sports to be offered at the 2013 event will range from cycling, football, swimming, netball, archery, karate and table tennis.