Thousands of athletes from around the world will descend on Perth in 12 months to compete in the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships.

  • Exactly one year today until Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships
  • Expected to attract thousands of athletes and inject millions into State’s economy
  • Supported by State Government through Tourism WA

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships would be one of the biggest events Western Australia would see next year in terms of visitor numbers and economic impact.

“We’re expecting thousands of people from around 80 countries to compete in the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships which get under way in exactly one year from today,” Dr Hames said.

“Not only will the athletes bring a great vibrancy to our transforming city, they will bring great economic benefits as well.

“People who compete at Masters championships typically spend a couple of weeks before or after competition exploring the host destination so we anticipate many of the athletes will disperse across the State, bringing a great benefit to our regions as well as Perth.”

The Minister said the State Government won the right to host the event in 2011 thanks to a collaborative effort between Tourism WA, Australian Masters Athletics, Masters Athletics Western Australia, Athletics Western Australia, Athletics Australia, the Department of Sport and Recreation and VenuesWest.

Perth is only the third Australian city to host the championships since they started in 1975. Other host cities were Melbourne in 1987 and Brisbane in 2001.

“The State Government is proud to support the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships through Tourism WA,” Dr Hames said.

“Events such as this form an important part of the State Government’s strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.”

Fact File:

  • Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships will be held from October 26 to November 6, 2016
  • The opening ceremony will be held at Elizabeth Quay on October 25, 2016
  • Athletes aged 35 years and over are eligible to compete at the Masters level
  • Competition will be held at the WA Athletics Stadium, Mount Claremont and Ern Clark Athletics Centre, Cannington as well as other locations around Perth
  • For more information, visit http://www.perth2016.com

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