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Athletes and government officials at the announcement Perth will be hosting the 2029 World Masters Games.

The event is the largest mass-participation, international multi-sport competition in the world — even bigger in participation than the Olympics — and is open to amateur athletes aged over 35 years old.

For twelve days in October 2029, WA locals and visitors alike will be spoilt for choice with the games showcasing 45 sporting disciplines at about 45 venues across Perth.

Up to 30,000 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the games with an additional 10,000 plus spectators, volunteers, coaches and officials also descending on our city, injecting tens of millions of dollars into the state’s economy.  

Perth’s bid for the games was presented by the Confederation of Australian Sport and UniSport Australia and accepted by the International Masters Games Association.

The announcement was made on Wednesday 13 December at the WA Athletics Stadium by the Federal Minister for Sport Hon Anika Wells MP, WA Deputy Premier Rita Saffioti and WA Minister for Sport and Recreation David Templeman.

Through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries the State Government invests heavily in grassroots sport and recreation programs as well as world-class infrastructure and facilities that can help attract major sporting events like the World Masters Games.

It will be the fourth time an Australian city has hosted the event, following Brisbane (1994), Melbourne (2002) and Sydney (2009). 

Find out more about the World Master Games.


Page reviewed 27 February 2023