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Vision for the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide 2019 outlined

22 August 2018

Vision for the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide 2019 outlined


The Australian Masters Games is returning to Adelaide in 2019, with preparations for the 17th edition in full swing as General Manager Gary O’Donnell sets forward his vision ahead of the Games in October 2019.

The Confederation of Australian Sport event is regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting calendar. The Masters Games involves more than 50 different sports for people over the age of 30. To be held from 5-12 October 2019, this will be the seventh time the South Australian capital has hosted the Games.

In welcoming O’Donnell to the role, CAS President and CEO Rob Bradley stated, “Gary, brings with him decades of sports administration and event experience through his roles with Volleyball Australia, the Sydney Olympics, Volleyball Queensland, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Squash Australia."

Most recently O’Donnell was the General Manager of Events for UniSport Australia overseeing in 2017 a portfolio of UniGames and Championships for over 17,000 competitors.

Now, O’Donnell is ready to tackle the Masters Games which has attracted more than 125,000 participants since the inaugural edition in 1987.

“It’s a really exciting project to be involved with Australia’s original Masters multisport festival,” said O’Donnell as the event nears 13 months to go.

“We want participants to rekindle their passion for sport and be a part of this fantastic event.”

“Adelaide has a great history of hosting the Australian Masters Games, and is a terrific location with plenty to see and do for the thousands of participants that will come and experience the Games in 2019.”

Joining O’Donnell on the ground is Sport and Operations Manager Rian Murphy, returning for another Games after working on the 16th edition in Tasmania’s North West last October as the Registration Manager. 

Murphy had previously worked in various game development roles at Queensland Cricket and has also played, refereed, coached and worked in Rugby Union, a passion he maintains having recently joined the Brighton Tigers in Rugby SA’s Premier Grade Competition.

Rounding out the Games staff management team is marketing and communications group Jump Media & Marketing, who continue their association with the Games after working on the 14th edition in Geelong (2013), the 15th edition in Adelaide (2015), and the 16th edition in Tasmania (2017).

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17th Australian Masters Game snapshot:

When: Saturday, 5 October – Saturday, 12 October 2019
Where: Adelaide, South Australia 
 Who: Approximately 8,000 people from across Australia and overseas. The event is open to anyone who meets the age requirements of their sport of choice. It does not impose qualifying standards and welcomes participants from all over the world. The only criteria to compete in the Australian Masters Games is you must meet the minimum age criteria which in most sports is 30 years.
What: A week-long festival of sport and festivities. Australia’s premier regular multisport Games will feature 50 plus sports, ranging from lawn bowls to softball to tennis. 
 Entertainment:   As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Australian Masters Games will also comprise social events, including an Opening and Closing Ceremony and mid-week party.

The 17th Australian Masters Games is managed by UniSport Australia Limited under the direction of the Confederation of Australian Sport.

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