4,000 competitors in Perth for 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships
WA community to benefit through visitor spending and venue activation
Supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia
More than 4,000 competitors and 3,000 supporters from 92 countries have arrived in Perth for the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, which begin today.
Over the next 12 days, athletes aged between 35 and 97 will compete in 25 sports at venues across the city. The Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is the event's major sponsor.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the State Government's successful bid to host the event would deliver an economic windfall for Western Australia.
"I'm delighted to welcome so many talented and inspiring older athletes to Perth for these championships, which encourage fitness and friendship across the world," Mr Barnett said.
"Mass participation events such as this bring thousands of competitors, supporters and officials to Western Australia. These visitors are also likely to explore other areas of the State before and after the championships, bringing in valuable tourism dollars."
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the event would also activate venues across the city and leave a lasting legacy for the West Australian community.
"The track events will be at the WA Athletics Centre in Mount Claremont and the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington, while road events will take place along the picturesque Swan River," Ms Davies said.
"Western Australia takes great pride in providing outstanding sport and recreation facilities for people of all ages and abilities.
"We're expecting some fierce competition during the championships, matched by a strong community spirit and the enjoyment of participating."
The World Masters Athletics Championships run from October 26 to November 6, 2016
One of several mass participation events sponsored through Tourism Western Australia that are expected to bring a combined 20,000 people to WA this year. Other events include the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Australian University Games and SunSmart Ironman Western Australia
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