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22 Aug 2016

Bowls Players urged to sign up now for WMG2017 to avoid disappointment as some sports sell out.

With two sports already sold out and three more nearing capacity, Bowlers should register now for World Masters Games 2017 to secure their places.

That's the message from Chris Wilson, Bowls New Zealand, who says registrations for the 2017 Games are currently tracking ahead of Sydney 2009, which were the most successful Games to date and attracted a record 29,000 participants.

"Football and softball have already sold out and we don't want any of our players to miss out on the unique opportunity to compete in a World Masters Games on home soil," Chris says.

WMG2017 organisers are expecting 25,000 athletes to compete in Auckland next year and are keen to accommodate as many athletes as possible. But there is a limit to the number of participants that can compete in many sports, particularly team sports, due to venue capacities.

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Since registrations opened in February this year, they have been on a 'first come, first served' basis with athletes, including Bowlers urged to get their registrations in early to secure their places.

Chris says with a big uptake from overseas athletes keen to visit Auckland and New Zealand for the Games, and the rate of registrations increasing as the event gets closer, it's up to Kiwi Bowlers to get organised quickly and sign up to take on the world.

"The Local Organising Committee and we as sport delivery partners are doing everything we can to accommodate all those who want to participate," he says. "Where sports are particularly popular, every effort will be made to extend capacity, however late comers could find that they miss out."

Chris says the key thing for Bowlers is to register now.

"If you do not have all your team members ready to go, one person can register as captain of a team to secure a place for your team at the Games," he says.

To register for World Masters Games 2017 please visit

For further information, contact:

Chris Wilson, National Participation Manager, Bowls New Zealand


Chris Gregory, Media Manager, World Masters Games 2017

Tel: +64 27 292 3601

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