Perth has won its bid to host the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships!
The announcement was made on 14 July 2011 following a vote by the World Masters Athletics General Assembly in Sacramento, USA.
Perth had bid for the 2015 championships however following changes to the World Masters Athletics constitution two championships were up for grabs with Western Australia winning the 2016 event.
The changes mean that following the 2015 event the championships will be held every even numbered year, starting with 2016, instead of the current odd-year schedule.
Lyon, France will host the 2015 event.
The bidding process has been a collaborative effort between Eventscorp, Masters Athletics Australia, Masters Athletics Western Australia, Athletics Western Australia, Athletics Australia, the Department of Sport and Recreation and VenuesWest.
It is proposed the championships would be held in October 2016, at a range of venues including the superior WA Athletics Stadium, which has been designed to international competition standards and opened two years ago.
A big thank you to Glenn Hamilton, Richard and Barbara Blurton, Lynne and Bob Schickert, the volunteers in Sacramento and all those involved with the bid.
The World Masters Athletics Championships was last held in Australia in 2001 when Brisbane hosted the event.
Perth, Western Australia would like to extend an invitation to all masters athletes from around the world to come and experience an extraordinary championship in 2016.