World Masters Games 2017


21 Oct, 2016

The gold, silver and bronze medals that Softball athletes will compete for at World Masters Games 2017 (WMG2017) have been revealed for the first time.
The medals were unveiled by three WMG2017 competitors – Games Ambassador Hamish Carter, Orienteering competitor Tania Larsen and Sprint Triathlon entrant Ema Iuli, at Auckland’s SKYCITY Hotel.
Designed and produced by the company responsible for medals at the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, each prize medal – at 70mm in diameter and weighing approximately 135 grams – showcases the Games logo that incorporates the unique takarangi (spiral) designed by Graham Tipene for WMG2017.
The takarangi represents the movement of water and the connection between the northern and southern hemispheres, which is a nod to the coming together of athletes from all around the world for the event. The design also represents the connection of the Maori people of Auckland to the city’s three harbours. A blue ribbon represents the colour of the water which is central to the takarangi.
WMG2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten says if Softball players and other athletes needed any further incentive to sign up or get training for the Games, the impressive sight of the medals on offer should provide it.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Softball players of all ages and abilities to compete in a global event against athletes of similar ability for medal honours. Not every Softball athlete will win a medal, and perhaps not every competitor is striving for one, however we wanted to create a symbol befitting the achievement of those that do.”
“Along with the memories the Sot ball Player will create along the way, the medals will be lifelong mementoes of their achievements at the Games.”
The medals are expected to be handed out at more than 3,000 medal ceremonies during the Games.



21 Oct, 2016

Softball players competing at World Masters Games 2017 will have access to exclusive athlete only social events on Queens Wharf as part of their Games registration package.
With exactly six months to go until the Games commence, the Local Organising Committee has announced plans for the Queens Wharf Entertainment Hub with plenty on offer for the public and some exclusive extras for registered Games participants.
Tony Giles, CEO, Softball New Zealand says the announcement of the Games Entertainment Hub is great news for all softball players interested in competing.
The Wharf will be home to a programme of arts, performance, food and culture throughout the Games. Activities will include pop-up food experiences, special demonstrations, a family zone, comedy performances and plenty of music from jazz and swing to rock and hip hop.
“It’s a great opportunity for our local softball players to meet and socialise with their fellow competitors from all around the world, as well as involving their families and friends in the Games,” Giles says.
“As well as being able to enjoy the public programme at the Entertainment Hub, softball players will receive access to two athlete only parties in The Cloud and the Closing Ceremony on the Wharf as part of their Games registration package.”
The first athlete only party on Saturday 22 April, will have a superhero theme and participants will be invited to come dressed as their favourite superhero, while the second party, the following Saturday, will give participants the chance to roll back the years with a ‘Saturday social’ theme.
The Entertainment Hub will also be the venue for a number of medal ceremonies during the Games and will host a nightly wrap up of Games competition.
The forecourt of Queens Wharf will be part of the Entertainment Hub but will also double as the start / finish area for the athletics half marathon, road race and 10km, and cycling time trial.
“The announcement of the Entertainment Hub is the last piece of the World Masters Games 2017 puzzle so all softball players now know what is on offer from both a sporting and social point of view at the Games,” Giles says.
“Now is the time to commit and register for the Games if you haven’t already.”
Access to the athlete only events on Queens Wharf are included in all registrations packages, with gold packages also providing exclusive access to a Gold Lounge at The Cloud.
To register for World Masters Games 2017 please visit

For further information contact:

Chris Gregory, Media Manager, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: +64 27 292 3601.



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21 Mar

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19 Feb


Registrations have now opened for next year’s World Masters Games 2017 with Softball one of the 28 sports on offer.
Softball NZ CEO, Tony Giles says with 25,000 athletes expected from more than 100 countries, the event offers a rare opportunity to compete on a world stage and celebrate sport in a festival-like setting.

“More than 12,000 international competitors are expected to travel to New Zealand for the occasion, with half coming from Australia. We’d like to ensure visiting softball competitors get a warm welcome but also feel the strength of our competitive spirit!” Giles says.

As part of the public launch of registration, World Masters Games 2017 announced the first 10 competitors of the Games, being a blend of elite and social competitors, collectively representing the diversity of the Games. The first 10 were:
  • Martin Snedden (Golf) - the former New Zealand cricketer and Rugby World Cup 2011 CEO who will compete in golf as participant number 00001.
  • Anthony Mosse (Swimming) – US based former Kiwi Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist returning home to enjoy both a social and competitive WMG2017.
  • Allison Roe (Rowing) – New Zealand’s athletics golden girl is moving out of her comfort zone into a completely new sport for WMG2017 – single sculls rowing.
  • Duane Kale (Swimming) – four gold medals and four world records at the 1996 Paralympics marked him as one of our greatest para athletes and he will be back in the pool in Auckland.
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  • Jenny Holliday (Softball) – The fastest woman softball pitcher on the planet and a firm believer in the spirit of sport who will look to roll back the years on the diamond in 2017.
  • Peter Walters (Touch) - NZ’s Mr Touch is a regular winner at masters games in NZ and overseas, a world renowned coaching icon and firm believer in the sport for life ethos.
  • Bob Thomas (Football) - his social football team have fronted up at three previous WMG, finally winning a medal last time out and are once again determined to have a ball on and off the field.
  • Anna Stanley (Track) - Silver Fern Captain who will lead a 4 x 400 metre track relay team ‘Flabs not Abs’ and is looking forward to the Games’ camaraderie and taking on the Aussies once again.
  • Jude Kelly (Basketball) - Canadian masters basketball supremo and DJ who can’t wait to defend his team’s (the Stooges) WMG2013 title in New Zealand, a bucket list destination for him.
  • Moira Gerken (Netball) - Southland netballer whose team members have been playing with or against each other for 30 years and are relishing the chance to compete in their first WMG.
As with all other World Masters Games, there is generally no need to qualify or be selected to compete. As long as you are over the minimum age, and in the case of para-sport meet the minimum disability classification requirements, you can take part. Competitors represent themselves, not their country, and compete in their own age group.

Registrations for the Games close 31 January, 2017. There are two reasons to sign up now. Places in some sports are limited, meaning registrations could close early if places full up. In addition, anyone who registers between now and 31 March 2016 is automatically inducted into the WMG2017 HALL OF FAME offering special benefits such as a limited edition PIN, and merchandise discounts.
Information about the Games, the sports, pricing and payment options can be found at:
For further information contact:

Jill Dryden, Communications Manager – Ambassadors, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: +64 21 549 576


9 Dec

The World Masters Games 2017 sports schedule, including the competition dates for Softball were announced today along with the all-important registration packages available to athletes and supporters.  
Tony Giles, CEO, Softball New Zealand said the announcements, made on the occasion of 500 days to go, allowed participants to move into planning and preparation mode prior to registrations going on sale in February next year.
“Auckland is the place to be in April 2017,” he said.  “It’s the first time the World Masters Games have come to New Zealand.  We are the host country, so now’s the time to step up and take on the world, on our own home turf.”
The World Masters Games 2017 are the world’s largest multi-sport event for amateur athletes of masters’ age.  The event represents an unrivalled opportunity to compete on a world stage, seriously or socially, with athletes of the same age and capability.  With minor exceptions, no qualification is required.  Anyone of masters’ age can take part.
The event fees, announced today, offer athletes a choice of three different packages – Bronze (NZ$295), Silver (NZ$395) and Gold (NZ$825).  All three packages include participation in one sport (with the option of adding other sports as Games schedules allow), admission to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, accreditation pass, official backpack and Games guide, as well as access to participant-only social events at the Games entertainment hub for the duration of the 10-day festival.  Supporters can also sign up, at reduced prices.
For more details of the sports schedule and registration packages visit

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For further information contact:

Fay Freeman ONZM
Phone 09 489 1181 or 021 276 4608
Jill Dryden, World Masters Games 2017
Tel: +64 21 549 576


28 April

Today marks two years to go until the World Masters Games 2017 kicks off in Auckland. It will be the day that 25000 masters athletes come together from all over the world to march in the opening ceremony on 21 April 2017.
As one of the 28 codes within the Games programme, Softball is just one sport that has planning well underway for what is an event of considerable scale and complexity.  The last major multi-sport event held in Auckland was the 1990 Commonwealth Games. WMG2017 will be 12 times the size in scale across the total sporting programme.
CEO, Softball New Zealand, Tony Giles says excitement is starting to build as the clock continues to count down to the world’s largest multi-sport event.
“The World Masters Games presents an enormous legacy opportunity for our sport within Auckland and the wider New Zealand.  It will be exciting to be part of such a huge multi-sport event and share the experience with sports people, administrators and officials from many of New Zealand’s leading sports.”  
World Masters Games Chief Executive, Jennah Wootten, says celebrating two years to go is a key milestone for everyone involved in the event, particularly those tasked with logistical planning across the 28 sports and 45 disciplines.
“Auckland has never hosted a multi-sport event of this size and scale, but we’re incredibly pleased with the planning progress to date, and confident that together with our sports partners we can work through the technical complexities,” she says. 
“This year we plan to make some major announcements such as the venues of the opening ceremony and Games hub, which will be a focal point of 10-day sporting festival. Then later in the year we’ll be preparing to open registrations so that athletes from around the world can sign-up and make detailed preparations.

“It’s going to be an exciting year ahead and we hope supporters of all 28 sports will get behind our effort to make this the best Games ever.”

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Please refer to the following link which provides a very good overview of the World Masters Games 2017.

1 July
Softball has been confirmed as one of the 28 sports codes announced as an ‘Official Sport’ of World Masters Games 2017.

Softball NZ Chief Executive Tony Giles believes the inclusion is a great boost for the sport and it’s progress over the past 18 months. “We’re delighted to have softball selected as a sport for World Masters Games 2017. The Games will provide Softball with an exceptional opportunity to showcase our sport to people throughout New Zealand and overseas and also to be alongside so many other sporting codes and an estimated 25,000 athletes,” said Giles.
Softball will work closely in the next two years, 10 months leading up to the World Masters Games 2017 to ensure those entered in WMG2017 event have a great experience on and off the diamond.
North Harbour Softball has been chosen to host the World Masters Games softball event at Rosedale Park from 21 – 30 April 2017. Softball will be a big player in this event with around 1,800 players expected to participate at the Tradestaff Sports Stadium and Rosedale Park over the 10 day event.
Overall Auckland will host approximately 25,000 athletes involved with 28 sports in venues across the city. A number of sports are based around the Albany precinct including softball and hockey. There will be opportunities to mix and mingle at the Master Games Village which will be established in central Auckland.
The age minimum for softball is 35 years and over.

17 June
North Harbour Softball has been chosen to host the World Masters Games softball event at Rosedale Park from 21st - 30th April 2017.  Softball will be a big player in this event with 1,800 softball players expected to participate at the Tradestaff Sports Stadium and Rosedale Park over the 10 day event. 
Auckland will host 25,000 athletes involved with 28 sports in venues across Auckland.  A number of sports are based around the Albany precinct including softball and hockey.  There will be opportunities to mix and mingle at the Masters Games Village which will be established in central Auckland. 
Softball teams from throughout New Zealand are encouraged to start fundraising and be sure they don't miss out on what will be an opportunity of a life-time. 
With a focus on good communication, good competition and good fun this is an event not to be missed. 

Answers to the 2017 World Master Games questions
  • When will the World Masters Games be held in NZ:  Answer - 2017