This summer, Vancouver will host the first ever Americas Masters Games. It’s a gathering of thousands of amateur athletes between the ages of 30 – 100 from around the world, competing in an Olympic Games type sporting event and atmosphere. Think you have what it takes?
Here are 10 reasons to give you that extra push you need to register:
1. This is the closest you’ll come to experiencing an Olympic-style sporting event.
The nine-day event is open to competitors around the world and will be taking place in various venues around Vancouver. There will be opening and closing ceremonies, medals handed out, and other activities usually reserved for only the world’s top athletes.
2. The chance to compete in Olympic level venues.
If you’ve ever wished you could compete in a world-class sporting venue, this is your chance to do just that. Realize your full potential in front of crowds cheering you on at venues ranging from UBC, Stanley Park, False Creek and the beaches of Kitsilano to the Vancouver Convention Centre.
3. Meet others with the same passion
The Americas Masters Games brings together athletes from around the world who share the same love for a sport that you do. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends through the spirit of competition.
4. Compete against international athletes
You may already be familiar with your preferred sport’s local scene, so shake things up by taking on international athletes. Relish the new challenges you’ll face by competing against different styles and skill levels. Celebrate your victories together.
5. There’s a sport for everyone
The Americas Masters Games features over 24 different sports – from judo to archery and basketball to curling – so you’re bound to find something that suits you. Take a look at the ‘All Sports’ page to view them all.
6. Bring your family out
You’ll be competing against athletes from around the world in a large, professional venue with an audience cheering for you. Definitely bring out your family to offer support as you push yourself to the limit.
7. Open to athletes of all levels
Think you’re not good enough to compete? You certainly are! If you are learning a sport or competing for the first time, you can take part in a more recreational level of competition. If you’re a seasoned vet, you can test yourself against the best in your age category, which will include Olympic Alumni and some pretty high performance athletes.
8. Be a part of a positive, supportive sporting environment
The Games are a way to support and promote friendship amongst athletes from around the world, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sport status.
9. You can stay local
With Vancouver hosting the first ever Americas Masters Games, take advantage of the fact you can join and have fun without worrying about exchange rates
10. It encourages a healthy lifestyle for all ages
The Americas Masters Games promotes fitness up to the age of 100 and encourages participants to engage in a healthy lifestyle, no matter how young or old you are!
Are you in? You have until July 29 to register – or until the sport you’re interested in sells out. It’s worth it to sign up early and take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to compete in Olympic type events here in Vancouver!