Photos by CMG Sport

It’s not too late to grab a group of friends or family and get involved in the Downer New Zealand Masters Games, being held in Whanganui from February 1-10. 

Around New Zealand, hundreds of masters athletes and participants are training for the upcoming event.

2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of New Zealand Masters Games, the country’s largest multi-sport event. 

Launching in February 1989 (in Whanganui), the Masters Games were established to provide the community with opportunities to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dunedin joined the party in 1992, and together the two host cities have taken this iconic event to new heights.

In New Zealand, sport and recreation is embraced by young and old, across all walks of life, playing a significant part in our everyday lives. In every Masters Games sport there is all that matters in life – great sport, great mates, great memories.

Embodying the spirit of participation with no qualifying standards, the term Masters refers only to age, not ability.

The New Zealand Masters Games is a unique event, with diverse and inspiring participants ranging in age from 25 to more than 85.

Embodying the spirit of participation with no qualifying standards, the term Masters refers only to age, not ability.

With 54 sports scheduled for 2019,  new additions include Olympic weightlifting and indoor triathlon; as well as croquet returning to the line-up, and selected sports opening up to para athletes.

Featuring road and mountain bike criterium, a duathlon, corporate relays, and a mobility scooter event (an idea submitted by Grey Power Whanganui), the event also features  the “Masters of Tomorrow” concept – aimed at encouraging the younger sporting communities to grow and continue with sport post high-school. 

The Masters Games is not just about the sport, it’s about the social aspect too, making great mates and great memories. 

Details of all the sports available are listed at www.nzmg.com.