More than 10,000 participants from around the nation will gather in Adelaide for the 2015 Australian Masters Games, providing a multi million dollar boost to the local economy.
Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said this is the sixth time the biennial event has been held in South Australia.
“The Australian Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in Australia and will feature eight days of competition across 50 sports,” Mr Bignell said.
“This event is expected to inject more than $12 million into South Australia’s economy and promotes friendship and goodwill among participants and the community as a whole.”
The last time Adelaide last held the Australian Masters Games in 2011 it attracted almost 8000 visitors and had an economic impact of $8.9 million.
“South Australia is home of world-class events and festivals and we’re delighted to be welcoming the Australian Masters Games back,” Mr Bignell said.
“This event will make a significant contribution to the local economy and is also a great opportunity to showcase both Adelaide and our regions to athletes and supporters.”
“This is an event that celebrates lifelong participation in sport and the enduring friendships fostered in a team environment,” Mr Bignell said.
“Our impressive sporting facilities are an ideal match for the Australian Masters Games, and we’ll be encouraging athletes and supporters to make the most of Adelaide and South Australia’s beautiful regions.”
Confederation of Australian Sport president and chief executive Rob Bradley said he was delighted Adelaide would host the event. “Adelaide is arguably the ‘spiritual home’ of the Australian Masters Games having hosted on five previous occasions over the past three decades, more than any other location,” Mr Bradley said.
“CAS is also delighted to be working again with the South Australian Tourism Commission, which has been a driving force in bringing major events to their state.”
The Australian Masters Games are open to participants over the age of 30. For more information visit www.australianmastersgames.com