This week I am volunteering as part of the World Masters Games 2017 here in Auckland. Many people will probably never have heard of this before so I thought I would do a little educating and promoting!
This is a four-yearly multi-event sporting occasion spread across 10 days with 28 sports and 25,000 competitors. In terms of numbers of entrants, this is 2.5x the size of the Olympics! And the best bit…you only need to satisfy a minimum age criteria to take part in each sport. It really is THAT inclusive. The oldest competitor is apparently 101 and is from India, she is competing in the athletics. Amazing!
Because of the age range, competitions are split into age categories and by gender also (where appropriate) so there are multiple winners for each sport potentially depending on your grouping.
So far, I have had the joy of meeting and helping people from Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, New Zealand (of course) and more besides! It is even free to come along and spectate!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit the website by clicking here www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz.
Here I am outside the QBE Stadium (where there are six football pitches in use) clad in my bright green outfit ready for action in and around the football competition!
The only downside to all of this positivity is that my experience has been one of feeling rather under-utilised after the first day. Once people know their way around, I have felt rather like a spare part…appreciated, yes, needed, not quite so much. Have you done something like this before? How did you find it?
I have also been to watch Athletics, Volleyball; and am going to hopefully see Hockey and Softball too!