2009 World Masters Games

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The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, the seventh edition of a four–yearly event that has developed into the world’s largest multi-sport event in terms of participation,[1] was held from 10 October to 18 October 2009 in Sydney, the largest city in Australia and the capital city of New South Wales.

Open to sportspeople of all abilities and most ages – the minimum age criterion ranges between 25 and 35 years depending on the sport – the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games included competitors from more than 100 countries who competed in 28 sports.

Many of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games sports competitions took place at 2000 Olympic Games venues, something that was not the case to any significant degree at any of the previous six World Masters Games. The Sydney International Regatta Centre, the Sydney International Shooting Centre and several Sydney Olympic Park facilities, including the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre and the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre to list just three, were just some of the sites at which Sydney 2009 World Masters Games competitors competed.


The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games featured 28 sports – 15 core sports that are mandatory for all events under the auspices of the International Masters Games Association and 13 optional sports that the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee proposed to the International Masters Games Association.

Sport Minimum age Venue(s)
Archery 30 Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre (target), The Armory (field), Five Dock Leisure Centre (indoor), to be advised (clout)
Athletics 30 Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Map
Badminton 35 Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre Map
Baseball 35 Blacktown Olympic Park Baseball Complex, Corbin Reserve
Basketball 30 Hills Sports Stadium, Bankstown Basketball Stadium, Menai Indoor Sports Centre, Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, Sutherland Leisure Centre, Thornleigh Indoor Sports Centre
Canoe/Kayak 30 Penrith Whitewater Stadium (canoe polo and slalom), Sydney International Regatta Centre (flatwater), Nepean River (marathon)
Cycling 30 Dunc Gray Velodrome (track and women's criterium), Lansdowne Park (men's criterium), Eastern Creek Raceway & Western Sydney International Dragway(individual time trial and road race)
Diving 25 Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Football 30 Valentine Sports Park, Bernie Mullane Sports Complex, Fred Caterson Reserve
Golf 35 Bankstown Golf Club, Bonnie Doon Golf Club, Liverpool Golf Club, Long Reef Golf Club, Mona Vale Golf Club, Monash Country Club, New South Wales Golf Club, Pennant Hills Golf Club, Pymble Golf Club, Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, St Michael's Golf Club, The Coast Golf Club, The Lakes Golf Club
Hockey 35 Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Cintra Park Hockey Centre, The Crest Hockey Centre
Lawn Bowls 30 Birrong Bowling and Sports Club
Netball 35 Anne Clark Netball Centre Map, Parramatta Auburn Netball Association Courts
Orienteering 35 Lithgow (long), Sydney (sprint)
Rowing 27 Sydney International Regatta Centre
Rugby Union 30 for women and 35 for men TG Millner Field, Macquarie University Sports Fields
Sailing 35 Woollahra Sailing Club, Dobroyd Aquatic Club
Shooting 30 Sydney International Shooting Centre
Softball 30 Blacktown Olympic Park Softball Centre, Jacqui Osmond Softball Centre, Kelso Park North Softball Complex
Squash 35 Dural Squash and Fitness Centre, Thornleigh Squash and Fitness Centre
Surf Lifesaving 30 Manly Beach (subject to Council approval)
Swimming 25 Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (pool), Chowder Bay (open water)
Table Tennis 30 Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre
Tennis 30 Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Cintra Park
Touch Football 30 St Marys Leagues Club, The Kingsway Playing Fields
Volleyball 30 Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls (indoor) Map, Maroubra Beach (beach)
Water Polo 30 Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, MLC School Aquatic Centre, Ashfield Aquatic Centre
Weightlifting 35 Sydney Olympic Park, Southee Complex

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Advisory Committee[edit]

Appointed by the New South Wales Government to advise the New South Wales Minister for Sport and Recreation and the Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee on all aspects of the planning and staging of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Advisory Committee, as of March 2009, comprised these seven people:

Position Name Other roles
Chair Margy Osmond Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National Retailers Association
Member Phil Coles AM Member of the International Olympic Committee, Vice President of the World Taekwondo Federation
Member Bob Elphinston OAM President of the International Basketball Federation
Member Michelle Ford-Eriksson MBE 1980 Summer Olympic Games gold medallist
Member Chris Jordan AO Chairman of KPMG New South Wales
Member John Moore Managing Director of the Global Brands Group Australasia
Member David Brettell Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee[edit]

Headed by Shane O'Leary, the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee comprised five divisions with, as of March 2009, its key personnel being:

Position Name
Chief Executive Officer Shane O'Leary
Chief Operating Officer Lynne Bates AM
Group Manager, Games Services James Hunter
Group Manager, Finance and Corporate Services Sally Judd
Group Manager, Marketing Rod Dowler
Group Manager, Communications & Media Natalie Saltyskewer
Group Manager, Sport and Venues Nick Jordan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Masters Games". International Masters Games Association. Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-03-07.

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