Adelaide welcomes 2015 Australian Masters Games

03 October 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The 15th Australian Masters Games begin in Adelaide today, with more than 10,000 athletes and officials involved in eight days of exciting competition.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Australian Masters Games was Australia’s largest multisport festival, and it was the sixth time the biennial event had been held in South Australia, more than any other state.

“The last time Adelaide hosted the Games was in 2011, attracting almost 8000 visitors and generating close to $9 million for the state’s economy,” he said.

“From softball and athletics to parachuting and roller derby, there are more than 50 sports in the Games schedule over the eight days.

“The variety of sports provides an opportunity for participants to try a new sport, compete in multiple sports, and register as an individual or in a team.

“And there’s a great schedule of social events complementing the Games, which will give Adelaide a festival atmosphere.”

The Games Village will be located within the Adelaide Convention Centre and will be the location for the opening and closing ceremonies, nightly entertainment, merchandise, accreditation, Games expo, and a variety of sports.

The event also launches South Australia’s October/November events season, which this year is set to inject more than $50 million into the state’s visitor economy.

“South Australia is a growing destination choice for international and domestic visitors, and the Australian Masters Games is a perfect opportunity to showcase Adelaide’s reputation as a vibrant and dynamic city,” said Minister Bignell.

The Masters Games provides sport competitions and social interactions for people over the age of 30. Open to anyone who meets the age requirements, the Games aim to encourage lifelong participation in sport.

The Australian Masters Games runs from October 3 to 10.

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