Perth will become fourth Australian city to host the World Masters Games when it heads to Western Australia in 2029, the WA Government announced today.
The 12-day, multi-sporting event held every four years and is open to amateur athletes over 35 years of age, including 45 sporting disciplines with over 100 countries represented.
“The eyes of the world will truly be on Western Australia when tens of thousands of athletes, spectators, volunteers, and coaches descend on our city to compete in the World Masters Games in 2029,” said WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, Rita Saffioti.
“Securing a mass participation event like the World Masters Games is all part of our State’s events strategy and our overarching tourism strategy, and we know these events have proven to deliver huge benefits for the State’s economy and leave a lasting social legacy.”
Along with up to 30,000 competitors, more than 10,000 spectators, volunteers, coaches and officials are expected to visit, injecting tens of millions of dollars into the WA economy.
The Albanese Government is to provide $16.3 million over six years to aid the event, alongside WA Government support.
“This is also another key event on the Green and Gold Runway for Brisbane 2032 because the Olympics and Paralympics is more than just a showcase for elite talent, it’s an opportunity to create greater participation in sport across Australia,” said Federal Minister for Sport, Anika Wells.
“World Masters Games participants will show us age is not a barrier, any more than gender or disability should be a barrier, to doing what you love – being active, and being competitive.”
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