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15th Australian Masters Games

15/9/2015 - COTA SA/The Australian Masters Games

It's been shown time and time again that physical activity has many benefits as we age.  If you have a sport that you love, this is the year for you as the Australian Masters Games are coming to Adelaide.

On your marks, get set for the 15th Australian Masters Games

Australian Masters GamesThe 15th edition of the Australian Masters Games will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from 3 - 10 October, 2015 with an expected 10,000 participants featuring across nearly sixty sports.

The Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting festival regarded as one of the premier and largest mass-participation events on the Australian sporting landscape.

The Australian Masters Games aims to promote the benefits of long-term health and wellbeing by providing a platform through which adult Australians can compete, socialise and enjoy sport.

From archery to volleyball and everything in between, the Australian Masters Games offers something for everyone - no matter their ability or experience.

South Australian sporting legend and radio presenter Chris Dittmar is the chairman of the 15th Australian Masters Games advisory board, and believes it is the social and inclusive nature of the Games that truly set them apart from other events.

"Some participants will be targeting fast times and medals, but for the vast majority, it's all about keeping fit and active, while enjoying a sport they love amongst friends old and new," said the former squash world no.1 and now Triple M Adelaide announcer.

"I'll be one of those - the older we get, the better we get."

The eight day event will inject millions of dollars into the local South Australian economy, attracting participants from all states and territories of Australia - with the previous edition in Geelong, Victoria also welcoming a number of international entrants from approximately 14 countries across the globe.

Minister for Tourism, Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said Adelaide is the perfect location for the Games.

"10,000 participants across eight days will provide a significant boost for our tourism industry. We are looking forward to welcoming the Games participants to South Australia, for many of them a return visit," said Minister Bignell.

"Adelaide's sporting facilities are set for Australian Masters Gamesaction, but importantly, our many restaurants, cafés and wineries will also be ready for them and their families and friends from around Australia and the world," Minister Bignell said.

Multi-talented entertainer Rob Mills will be enjoying everything Adelaide and the Games have to offer in October, as the official 15th Australian Masters Games ambassador.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed great success in the realms of musical theatre in recent years, playing Danny in the blockbuster national tour of Grease, and playing the role of Fiyero for more than 500 shows in the critically acclaimed Wicked.

It will all amount to a warm up come October however, as ‘Millsy' takes to the court in mixed netball against what will undoubtedly be some fierce competition.

"I've had some tough auditions in my time, but from what I've heard about netball at the Australian Masters Games, I'm really going to be up against it!" laughed Mills.

"Regardless of my own performance out there, I'm just thrilled to be a part of the Games and can't wait to get to Adelaide and enjoy a pretty unique event."

The undeniable stars of the show, however, are the participants themselves - all 10,000 of them.

81-year-old Dennis Peck of Tumby Bay will compete in his ninth Australian Masters Games come October and is certain it won't be his last.

"Age is no barrier," said Peck who will participate in athletics and canoe / kayak.

"There are people younger than me who say "I'd like to do it but ..." and they never do."

"I intend to keep going, at least until my knees give way. And even then, I'll just kayak."

But it's not just sporting endeavours that will bring thousands of competitors and volunteers to Adelaide for the 15th Australian Masters Games. An important and exciting aspect of the eight day event is a jam-packed social program - one that is full of action away from the field of play.

The Airbnb Games Village will play host to the very best music, food and drink South Australia has to offer every night, ensuring the 15th Australian Masters Games will be the time of your life.

Entries for the Games are filling up fast, so enter now at www.AustralianMastersGames.com.

The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.