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NZ Masters Games Media News 2017

Updated...click on the links below to read the latest articles about the New Zealand Masters Games: 

21 Feb
2017
82 years old and still winning medals, including 5 this month
Stuff
20 Feb
2017
Ariana Blackwood pulls out all stops to win heptathlon title
Stuff
17 Feb
2017
Medal haul for Masters pair
Bendigo Advertiser
16 Feb
2017
Incident-free Games draws police praise
Wanganui Chronicle
14 Feb
2017
Open water swim inspires competitor
Wanganui Chronicle
14 Feb
2017
Games competitors still in decline
Wanganui Chronicle
13 Feb
2017
Rivals meet again in 8-Ball final
Wanganui Chronicle
13 Feb
2017
Hockey has great turnout
Wanganui Chronicle
13 Feb
2017
Visitors dominate football
Wanganui Chronicle
12 Feb
2017
Football holding strong at NZMG
Wanganui Chronicle
12 Feb
2017
Police trump triathlon
Wanganui Chronicle
12 Feb
2017
Netball well down on entries
Wanganui Chronicle
10 Feb
2017
Yachties get their wind
Wanganui Chronicle
10 Feb
2017
Sensational sisters at NZMG tennis
Wanganui Chronicle
10 Feb
2017
Fossils and Rebels
Wanganui Chronicle
10 Feb
2017
Cambridge Legends football team reunite for NZMG
Waikato Times
09 Feb
2017
Masters golf becomes Aussie open
Wanganui Chronicle
09 Feb
2017
Volleyballers still determined to have fun
Wanganui Chronicle
09 Feb
2017
Champion fencer with more than one talents
The Country
08 Feb
2017
Masters, a double-edged sword
Wanganui Chronicle
08 Feb
2017
From dance floor to dart board
Wanganui Chronicle
08 Feb
2017
Beating the homesick blues
Wanganui Chronicle
08 Feb
2017
Masters Games begin
Wanganui Midweek
08 Feb
2017
Work like an Egyptian at Masters
Wanganui Chronicle
08 Feb
2017
Lomu's legacy promoted in Whanganui
Wanganui Chronicle
07 Feb
2017
This bike is made for racing
Wanganui Chronicle
07 Feb
2017
Masters hat trick
Wanganui Chronicle
07 Feb
2017
Rain-soaked masters tennis
Wanganui Chronicle
07 Feb
2017
Gallery: Day Three of Master Games
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
Bale bails on his chasers
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
Ross made to work in Springvale
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
Reaching the vertical limit
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
Go fast live long, says master
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
In the swing of the games
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Feb
2017
Surprise boost for master competitor
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
All into the pool
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Nesbitt flies at the velodrome
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Nesbitt too quick over 10km
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Copper goes quicker
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
All quiet on the Springvale front
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Athletes still enthusiastic
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
AWRC and Collegiate defend their river
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Gallery: Day Two of Master Games
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
A touch of fun for Whanganui whanau
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Whanganui archer aims for master shot
Wanganui Chronicle
05 Feb
2017
Gallery: First day of the Masters Games
Wanganui Chronicle
03 Feb
2017
NZ Masters Games opening ceremony kicks off in Whanganui
Wanganui Chronicle
03 Feb
2017
Masters Games opens under blues skies
Wanganui Chronicle
02 Feb
2017
Games can survive crowded schedule
Wanganui Chronicle
01 Feb
2017
Ready for the Masters
Wanganui Chronicle
31 Jan
2017
Over-60s cricket growing
Wanganui Chronicle
31 Jan
2017
One time the wind is welcome
Wanganui Chronicle
27 Jan
2017
Aiming for zero waste at Masters Games
Wanganui Chronicle
26 Jan
2017
Athletes gather for NZ's largest annual multi-sport event
Scoop
19 Jan
2017
Mate's mission to honour Jonah legacy
Wanganui Chronicle
16 Jan
2017
Master's event big draw card for social players
Wanganui Chronicle
15 Jan
2017
Masters goes to the dogs
Wanganui Chronicle
11 Jan
2017
Masters to get Whanganui buzzing
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Jan
2017
Whanganui's sporting year ahead
Wanganui Chronicle
04 Jan
2017
Classic athletics series looms
Wanganui Chronicle
03 Jan
2017
Trust head brings skills to city
Wanganui Chronicle
28 Dec
2016
Christchurch husband and wife duo to blokart
The Press
28 Dec
2016
Simon set to master Games catering
Wanganui Chronicle
28 Dec
2016
Taking a dive
Wanganui Chronicle
24 Dec
2016
Mars staff make master stroke for games
Wanganui Chronicle
15 Dec
2016
Masters Games bags given away
Wanganui Chronicle
13 Dec
2016
Paul Lundon - no sign of slowing down for Masters athlete
The Dominion Post
22 Oct
2016
Masters Games village shapes up with exciting new look
Wanganui Chronicle
17 Oct
2016
Top netball player proves big attraction
Wanganui Chronicle
23 Sep
2016
Women's cycling series launched
Wanganui Chronicle
24 Aug
2016
Masters meet up with old mates
Wanganui Chronicle
28 Jul
2016
New event for Masters Games
Wanganui Chronicle
21 Jul
2016
Ambassadors picked for games
Wanganui Chronicle
20 Jul
2016
Smoothing the Olympic path
Wanganui Chronicle
18 Jul
2016
Grant Kereama picked for games
Wanganui Chronicle
18 Jul
2016
Registrations open for new-look NZ Masters Games
Voxy
15 Jul
2016
Magnificent Seven to play at Masters
Wanganui Chronicle
06 Jul
2016
Whanganui features in 2017 NZ athletics calendar
Wanganui Chronicle
22 Jun
2016
Masters riding the Classic Trials
Wanganui Chronicle
15 Jun
2016
Classic Trials back at Handley's
Wanganui Chronicle
13 Jun
2016
Feilding granddad still tears up motocross track
Stuff
28 Apr
2016
Games to head downtown next year
Wanganui Chronicle
11 Apr
2016
A big farewell for masters of the games
Wanganui Chronicle
82 Years Old And Still Winning Medals
Open Water Swim Inspires Competitor
Hockey Has Great Turnout
Football Holding Strong At NZMG
Police trump triathlon
Sensational Sisters At NZMG Tennis
Masters Golf Becomes Aussie Open
Champion Fencer With More Than One Talents
From Dance Floor To Dart Board
Work Like An Egyptian At Masters
Bale Bails On His Chasers
Reaching The Vertical Limit
Go Fast Live Long, Says Master
In The Swing Of The Games
Copper Goes Quicker
Athletes Still Enthusiastic
A Touch Of Fun For Whanganui Whanau
Whanganui Archer Aims For Master Shot
Masters Games Opens Under Blues Skies
Ready For The Masters
Aiming For Zero Waste At Masters Games
Mate's Mission To Honour Jonah legacy
Masters To Get Whanganui Buzzing
Trust Head Brings Skills To City
Christchurch Husband And Wife Duo Blokart
Mars Staff Make Master Stroke For Games
Paul Lundon - No Sign Of Slowing Down
Top Netball Player Proves Big Attraction
Smoothing the Olympic path

Grant Kereama Picked For Games

Magnificent Seven To Play At Masters

Masters Riding The Classic Trials

Games To Head Downtown Next Year


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Newsletter 2017


Updated - Newsletter #10: A Very Merry Christmas To All!, Love It! Pass $60, Entertainment - A Sneak Peak, Cambridge Legends, Christmas Parade ...
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Bocce & Farmers This Friday!

Friday 25th November 2016 - 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Come and play Bocce and do Late Night Shopping at Farmers!

Register with our Computercare Mobile Team to go in the draw to win back your registration fee. Meet us on the grass verge between the Farmers Carpark and Maria Place, Whanganui. 

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2017 Entertainment

We've got 10 exciting entertianment packed days happening at the 2017 Games starting from Friday the 3rd of Februrary. Click on the days below to see what's on.
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Opening Ceremony
Cooks Gardens
5.15pm Gates Open
6.00pm Ceremony Starts
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Wednesday 8th February
The Big Bike Film Night
Pop Culture Quiz
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The Big Bike Film Night
Street Feast
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Sunday 5th February Entertainment3Feb2017TN Friday 10th February
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Monday 6th February
Theme: Kiwiana
NZ Triva Quiz
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Saturday 11th February
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Tuesday 7th February
Theme: Glam!
Farmers Fashion Show
Entertainment3Feb2017TN Sunday 12th February
Closing Ceremony
War Memorial Centre
6.00 pm Ceremony Starts


THEME NIGHTS

The 2017 New Zealand Masters Games Village will feature two themed evenings, but we encourage you to dress up anytime you like. 

Monday 6th February - Waitangi Day 'Kiwiana' - participants encouraged to come dressed in what makes them feel like a kiwi - rugby jumpers, red bands, stubbies & the like.

Tuesday 7th February - 'Glam! Evening' - participants encouraged to dress Glam for the evening which will begin with a Farmers Fashion Show.


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World Masters Games Giveaway!


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Win two free registrations for World Masters Games 2017. Auckland is set to welcome the world in April next year, with the city playing host to World Masters Games 2017.

Twenty-five thousand participants from 100 countries are expected for the 10-day festival of sport, which includes an Opening Ceremony at Eden Park and an Entertainment Hub on Auckland’s waterfront. And we’ve got two free Bronze Athlete participation package to give away!

All you have to do to go in the draw is register for the New Zealand Masters Games between Wednesday 30 November and Monday 12 December 2016. We’ll randomly draw one winner, who’ll be given a promo code to use with their registration, which must be completed by 31 January 2017. Please note, no refund can be offered if the winner has already registered for WMG2017.

For more information about WMG2017 and to register, check out: www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

Don’t delay, five sports have already sold out and several more are nearing capacity!

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Entrant Stories

Sara Kennard

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A passion for swimming leads to friends for life at the New Zealand Masters Games

Fifty-year-old Sara Kennard works at the Makino Aquatic Centre as a swim and aqua instructor so it’s no surprise her chosen sport to compete in at the New Zealand Masters Games in February is swimming.

Sara is no stranger either to the NZ Masters Games – she has attended every one in Whanganui since 1993, and has competed in Masters swimming competitions since 1989.

A swimmer since she was seven, Sara has also competed internationally in Lifesaving, in competitions in both Australia and Singapore.

“I am passionate about all aspects of swimming and what I love about competing at the NZ Masters Games is the good friends I have made over the years both in and out of the water. I love to meet up with likeminded people who have put in the hard yards have seen the benefit for their efforts. I love the atmosphere that is created by the event and it also gives me a chance to do what I love – swim.”

Sara says she would encourage everyone to give the NZ Masters Games a go. “You only live once, and you never know unless you give it a go. In February I’m expecting to have a good time, and not fast times!”

The New Zealand Masters Games, the country’s biggest multi-sport event, is on in Whanganui from 3 to 12 February 2017. Around 6000 competitors are expected to compete across 55 sports.


Rudolph Meltzer

Christchurch 75-year-old blo-karting his way to the New Zealand Masters Games in February

Rudolph Meltzer calls himself a Cantabrian: he and his wife emigrated from Holland in 1968 and settled in Christchurch, Templeton to be specific.

The retired couple share a love of an interesting sport – Blokarting – a sport Rudolph will be competing in for the second time at the New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui in February. It was a sport that Rudolph didn’t take up until five years ago.

“My chosen sports up until then were shooting and car club activities and sailing. I sailed in Holland from when I was 14 years old. Unlike sailboats, blokarts are drier and always able to be sailed so we chose them!”

Rudolph started Blokarting in 2011 in production class and after six months, moved to performance class. “We sold our trailer sailer, a Noelex 22, adn my wife Louise got a Blokart as well. We are very lucky that our local Blokarting club can use part of the old Wigram airbase to train in. We love the sport because of the likeminded people and the technical side and skills needed to sail Blokarts.”

Rudolph says he also loves the speeds the Blokarts can attain. “We get up to 70kmh in the blokarts and I also enter track days at our local Ruapuna race track in our Mazda MX5 as well for the speed thrill!”

Although he doesn’t expect to win a medal at the NZ Masters Games in February, Rudolph says meeting all the other ‘karters’ is fun.

“Blokarters are one big family worldwide, with over 10 000 members whom
all sport what we call the ‘Blokart smile’.

The New Zealand Masters Games, the country’s biggest multi-sport event, is on in Whanganui from 3 to 12 February 2017. Around 6000 competitors are expected to compete across 55 sports.

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Image: Rudolph in action sailing his Blokart to victory


Cambridge Legends

Cambridge athletes reuniting for New Zealand Masters Games

In February 2017, a group of friends will reunite in Whanganui to compete on the football pitch at the New Zealand Masters Games.

Tony McIsaac is one of the ‘Cambridge Legends’, a group of “40 and 50 somethings” who play regularly in the WaiBop Waikato A Division winter senior football competition.

“In the Waikato there is no over 35s or over 45s competition, so we were playing mostly against players in their 20s! We were actually still pretty competitive and since 2007 we’ve won four League Championships and several Cup Competitions.”

Earlier this year the Legends retired, opting for more sedate sporting codes including golf and darts. However, Tony says they couldn’t pass up the chance to play football again at the New Zealand Masters Games in February, the third Masters Games outing for the group.

“Most of us began our love affair with the game as four or five year olds and have played ever since.
The Cambridge Legends was established by a group of well decorated footballers who had retired from serious competition, but wished to carry on playing at more of a social level.

“We would absolutely recommend the Masters Games, especially the team sports with a group of mates. You are a long time sitting on the couch watching sport on the TV, so if you are still able, then why not? We all expect to have sore heads, aching stomach muscles from the laughter and no sleep. Our expectations are low as far as the football is concerned, but every dog has their day and we might just spring a surprise or two,” laughs Tony.

The New Zealand Masters Games, the country’s biggest multi-sport event, is on in Whanganui from 3 to 12 February 2017. Around 6000 competitors are expected to compete across 55 sports. www.nzmg.com for more details and registration.

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June Hyde

New Zealand Masters Games 2017 in Whanganui providing perfect training ground for Northland cyclist June Hyde.

Cycling is in 79-year-old June Hyde’s blood: her grandfather was a keen cyclist, as were her parents, who rode their tandem, complete with sidecar for the children, 150 miles to the seaside for a Sunday outing in their native UK. She remembers her interest in biking starting when she was five.

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June Hyde training and competing in preparation for the New Zealand Masters Games in February


“I used to take it upon myself to visit grandma, who lived three miles away. I remember my little legs going like the clappers down the steep hill as three-wheelers are fixed wheel bikes. When I turned up she said “get back home”, so I had to go back the same way I got there – under my own steam through busy roads and steep hills. I joined the Leeds Westfield Cycling Club when I was 16 and we would ride 160 to 200 miles regularly on our Sunday run - rain, hail or snow. We were tough!”

June emigrated to New Zealand in 1962 and presently lives in Dargaville. Her chosen sport for the Masters Games is cycling, although for three years she took up running, competing in her first half-marathon just shy of her 65th birthday.

“After that event I started having knee problems so gave up running and that’s when I went back to cycling. I love the freedom you feel when on the bike. Fresh air and lovely countryside. I say ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ when it comes to competing in the NZ Masters Games – have a go! The Games attracts all the athletes who think they might win a medal, but also all the athletes who just love the feeling of competing alongside like minded people. I have ridden the Bike The Lake event in Rotorua for three years and love the feeling of competing. With a bit of luck, I may even get a placing in the NZ Masters Games in February! It will be perfect training for the World Masters Games in April.”

When she’s not cycling, June is a writer and her book ‘When the bad times were good’ documents her life growing up during the war years in the poor area of Leeds.

The New Zealand Masters Games, the country’s biggest multi-sport event, is on in Whanganui from 3 to 12 February 2017. Around 6000 competitors are expected to compete across 55 sports.


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ComputerCare Mobile Team

AGE ON THE GO EXPO

Sue & Pauline did a FANTASTIC job for us representing the New Zealand Masters Games at Age on The Go Expo last Friday.

Sue & Paulie are both Sport Coordinators so they were able to wear their SC shirts which was handy also! They handed out approx. 100 Entry Guides & took entries on the ComputerCare tablets.

We're excited about getting more Mobile Team members out there.

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2017 Food Court

The NZMG Forecourt is loaded with some of the best food trucks in the country. Come grab lunch and dinner..

Here are some choices for you to get your lunch or dinner sorted

  • Three Little Birds - Jamaican Jerk
  • Origin Gourmet Food Shack - Gluten Free Delights
  • Dutchy's Burger Joint - Burger Classics
  • Toro Churro - Spanish

 
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Masters Moments’ Giveaway Winner


Congratulations! to our Masters Moment WINNER

Tarsh Boniface

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Thank you to everyone who posted their Masters Moments.

Awesome to see so many happy faces enjoying this spirit of the New Zealand Masters Games...you're all winners in our books!



We all know the number one reason for coming to the Masters Games is for the exercise right??

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This classic shot was found in the photo archives from 2004!  To celebrate its revival we have a Tui jumper, shorts and jandals, Tui glassware and a Tui Chilly bin to giveaway.

Be in the draw to win all of this by sharing one of your favourite ‘Masters Moments’on our Facebook page.

Simply post a photo in the comments section of the Masters Moments' promo on our Facebook Page to go into the draw.

The winner will be selected on Friday 30 September 2016 at 3.00 pm.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  • You must own or have permission to publish the posted photo
  • Photos must not contain any offensive material or excessive drinking
  • Winner will be private messaged via Facebook
  • If no response received by Tuesday 4th October – the runner up winner will be selected
  • No correspondence will be entered into

Post your Masters Moment now!

Click the image to go to Facebook
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2017 Massage Providers

Feel like a good rub down, check out our massage providers:

  • Darnelle Parkin – Mobile Massage 06 3439789
  • Aydie Holland – 0274 838384
  • Alicia Agor – Inspire Gym 06 345 9486
  • Paul Duxfield – Inspire Gym 06 345 9486
  • Deborah McEwen – 06 347 2290
  • Tracey Eades – Worsfield 027 649 4034
  • Kellie – weekends and evening – 027 529 9113


And within the Village at the Rowo Herbal Sports Gel container are FREE chair massages

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2017 New Zealand Masters Games

subscribe icon We're excited to announce the dates for the next New Zealand Masters Games in Whanganui.

Mark it in your calendars now - Friday 3rd - Sunday 12th February 2017

Get ready for a recharged Games experience!


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