With two sports already sold out and three more nearing capacity, Squash players should register now for World Masters Games 2017 to secure their places.
That’s the message from Jim O’Grady, Chair, Squash Organising Committee who says registrations for the 2017 Games are currently tracking ahead of Sydney 2009, which were the most successful Games to date and attracted a record 29,000 participants.
“Football and softball have already sold out and we don’t want any of our Squash players to miss out on the unique opportunity to compete in a World Masters Games on home soil.”
WMG2017 organisers are expecting 25,000 athletes to compete in Auckland next year and are keen to accommodate as many athletes as possible. But there is a limit to the number of participants that can compete in many sports, particularly team sports, due to venue capacities.
Since registrations opened in February this year, they have been on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with athletes, including Squash players, urged to get their registrations in early to secure their places.
With a big uptake from overseas athletes keen to visit Auckland and New Zealand for the Games, and the rate of registrations increasing as the event gets closer, it’s up to Kiwi Squash players to get organised quickly and sign up to take on the world.
“The Local Organising Committee and we as sport delivery partners are doing everything we can to accommodate all those who want to participate,” O’Grady says. “Where sports are particularly popular, every effort will be made to extend capacity, however late comers could find that they miss out.”
The key thing for Squash players is to register now even if you don’t yet have a full team.
“If you do not have all your team members ready to go, one person can register as captain of a team to secure a place for your team at the Games,” he says.
To register for World Masters Games 2017 please visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.
For further information contact:
Jim O’Grady, Chair, Squash Organising Committee, +64 21 875 203
Chris Gregory, Media Manager, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: +64 27 292 3601.