Perth begins countdown for 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships
The countdown to the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships is underway with Monday marking ‘One Year to Go’ until the competition commences.
The world-class championships, supported by the State government through Tourism WA, are set to be the biggest event on WA’s 2016 calendar with more than 4,000 athletes and 3,000 supporters expected to attend and inject millions into the State’s economy.
Athletes aged 35 and over from around 80 countries will compete at the WA Athletics Stadium in Mount Claremont, Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington and other Perth locations, from 26 October to 6 November 2016.
Event Director David Budge said that plans are on track to deliver a great event. “365 days from now we look forward to what will be a fantastic spectacle, beginning with the opening ceremony at the exciting Elizabeth Quay development,” said David Budge. “We’re expecting to see an impressive mix of former Olympians, world record holders as well as a handful of participants who are over one hundred years old, all vying for the coveted title of world champion.
Lyn Ventris, 2011 and 2012 IAAF Female Masters Athlete of the Year winner and world record holder said that she is excited to compete in her home city. “I’m looking forward to competing in a new age group and producing my best times at a world class athletics event with a hometown advantage and a beautiful city and state to showcase,” said Lyn.
The championships are a great chance to showcase Perth and Western Australia as an outstanding tourist destination and the Local Organising Committee call on Western Australians to join in the excitement as the event draws closer.