Supplied by Government of South Australia - 30 October 2017
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
This will be the seventh time Adelaide has hosted the Games. Regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar, the Masters Games involves more than 40 different sports for people over the age of 30.
The Masters Games is also known for its wide range of social events, as much as sporting activities, with an extensive program of live music and entertainment providing opportunities for attendees to experience South Australia’s vibrant entertainment scene and premium food and wine.
The last time Adelaide hosted the Masters Games in 2015, the event provided a $12.6 million boost to the State’s economy.
The 17th Australian Masters Games will take place in Adelaide from 5 to 12 October 2019.
The 2019 event was secured by the State Government through the Events Bid Fund. The State Government has invested an additional $70 million in tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
I’m happy to announce Adelaide has once again secured the Australian Masters Games, an event which encourages participation in sports at any age and celebrates the lasting friendships it creates.
During the eight day event competitors will take part in a wide range of sports and then let their hair down at a variety of social events, creating a festival atmosphere which will showcase our vibrant city.
The Masters Games always attracts a huge number of participants and spectators, providing a valuable injection to the State’s record $6.3 billion visitor economy.
Many South Australians will remember the Masters Games two years ago and the huge number of visitors it brought to our State.
City and suburban pubs really thrived during the event as participants spilled out of nearby sporting venues to socialise and grab a meal together.
The Government has also pumped an additional $96 million into sport and recreation facilities across the State, including $32 million to upgrade a number of stadiums, ovals and clubs. This has helped to ensure our sporting facilities are ideally placed to host major national sporting events like the Masters Games.
Co-host of Seven Network’s Sunrise, Port Adelaide chairman and avid sports fan David Koch is trading in his business suit for active wear as the official ambassador for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Murrumbateman, New South Wales boxer Laeli Hogan is headed to Adelaide this October for her second Australian Masters Games.
Seventy-one-year-old John Holland is ready to take on the Australian Masters Games for a fifth time.