Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games

Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games

March 03, 2005 13:14 ET

Over 10,000 Athletes Registered for 2005 World Masters Games



MARCH 3, 2005 - 13:14 ET

Over 10,000 Athletes Registered for 2005 World Masters

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - The Edmonton 2005
World Masters Games reached a major milestone today, with more than
10,000 athletes now registered to participate in the Games this July.

"We're very encouraged with the response we've seen so far, with more
than a month and a half to go before the international registration
deadline of April 22," said Barry Anderson, Executive Director of the
Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games.

In fact, Anderson said, registration for the Edmonton Games is well
ahead of the previous World Masters Games in Melbourne, Australia in
2002 - the most successful Games to date with close to 25,000
participants. The Melbourne Games reached the 10,000-mark 12 weeks
before the Games began; the Edmonton Games are still 20 weeks away.

Registration is going so well that organizers expect registration
numbers will soon surpass the 11,400 competitors at the 1998 Portland,
Oregon Games. Edmonton's registration numbers are already larger than
two previous World Masters Games - Toronto with 8,305 athletes and
Denmark with 5,500 athletes.

Games organizers aim to attract more than 16,000 elite and recreational
athletes from 100 countries, Anderson said. "We encourage everyone who
hasn't registered yet to sign up now and commit to attend."

Athletes from 56 countries are registered to compete in the Games in
Edmonton from July 22-31, with the greatest numbers of participants so
far from Australia and the United States. With 27 sports, the most
popular individual sports to date are athletics, swimming and golf. The
most popular team sports are soccer, softball - fast-pitch and ice

"There is still room for more athletes in all sports, although some are
filling up more quickly than others," said Anderson. "We still have
about three months to go before the last registration deadline, and
registration is still going strong. We're excited to be a part of such a
successful and growing Masters movement."

The North American registration deadline is May 20. Volunteers are still
welcome. To register as an athlete or volunteer, visit the website at
www.2005worldmasters.com or call (780) 822-2005.


Contact Information

    Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games
    Barry Anderson
    Executive Director
    (780) 822-2101
    Website: www.2005worldmasters.com
    DDB Canada
    Martha Jamieson
    (780) 917-6601