Get ready for the biggest Pan Pacific Masters Games!
THIS year's Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast will set a new record for participation, with more than 15,000 athletes registered to compete across 10 days from November 2-11.
This is the 11th biennial Games, featuring 43 sports from archery to volleyball, and from individual to team events at venues throughout the Coast.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon said events would use many of the same venues as the Commonwealth Games, including Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre and Gold Coast Hockey Centre as well as community club venues like Gold Coast Archery Club at Tallebudgera Valley.
While the age limit varies, depending on the sport, in some like running, separate divisions go right through from 30 to 95+, with competitors from throughout Australia and 30 different nations.
"The beauty of this event is that it allows both former champions and those who never quite made it to compete side-by-side in a friendly environment where no qualification is required," Events Management Queensland CEO Cameron Hart said.
"After the day's play has wrapped up, opponents become friends and the Games Village is buzzing with the camaraderie for which the event is renowned."
Ms Scanlon said the increase in athlete numbers, likely to be accompanied by over 18,000 supporters, should equate to a healthy $20 million boost for the Gold Coast economy.
"More than 1.5 billion people watched the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast - we're working hard to capitalise on this great exposure from the Games to grow our major events industry and position the Coast as a hub for international sport," she said.
Live entertainment at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will include Killer Queen, Lisa Hunt, and The Voice's Koi Boys.
To find out more about where to see your favourite events, or be part of the Games, go to mastersgames.com.au.