Vancouver to host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in 2016
December 17 2014
"The opportunity to host the 2016 Americas Masters Games builds on Vancouver's reputation as a great host city for major sporting events." – Mayor Gregor Robertson
The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Vancouver, PavCo, UBC, and Sport BC, will host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in the summer of 2016.
The games will welcome over 7,500 amateur athletes from around the world, aged 35 to over 100, and will have a positive impact for the economy, tourism, and sport development in Vancouver and the region.
Sport for all
Masters sport, which emphasizes "sport for all", is one of the fastest-growing areas of sports participation. The athletes have varying levels of abilities and performance, from former Olympians and Paralympians to those who participate in recreational sports.
Five ways the Masters Games are unique
- The Games are open to everyone who meets the minimum age requirement and registers for their sport (or sports).
- Athletes represent themselves, rather than an area.
- Participants from several different countries may unite to form multi-national teams.
- Participation doesn't require any qualification competitions or selection criteria.
- Para-athletes can compete alongside, or in the same field of play, as able-bodied athletes.
First time in the Americas
The World Masters Games are held every four years with regional Masters Games held in between.
The 2016 Americas Masters Games will be the first regional Masters Game to be held in the Americas, with Europe currently being the only other regional Masters Games.
Look for the sports program soon
The sport program will be finalized by end of the first quarter in 2015 and will include a mix of both summer and ice sports. Events will take place in Vancouver and at UBC sport facilities.
Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
"The opportunity to host the 2016 Americas Masters Games builds on Vancouver's reputation as a great host city for major sporting events. With nine days of sports and cultural events, the Americas Masters Games will be a boost not just for our sports community, but for our tourism industry as well. I look forward to welcoming the participants and their friends and family to Vancouver in 2016."
Kai Holm, International Masters Games Association President
"We are delighted to award the 2016 Americas Masters Games to Vancouver. With existing world class facilities, major events hosting expertise, and volunteer spirit, we are confident that Vancouver will host a successful 'sport for all' event."
Rob Newman, President & CEO, Sport BC
"Sport BC is honoured to be chosen to partner with the City of Vancouver in hosting the inaugural 2016 Americas Masters Games. This unique model in hosting will demonstrate the strength of our members; from the athletes, volunteers, administration, and officials, in hosting a world class multisport event."