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A Look Back at the WWMG 2020

The Winter World Masters Games (WWMG) 2020 provided ten days of sporting action under clear blue skies at seven venues across Innsbruck and Tyrol. Thousands of amateur sportsmen and sportswomen descended on Austria to compete against each other and celebrate together in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie. The WWMG 2020 saw several new records set. The sports partners involved in organising and running the competitions were pleased with the result of their hard work.

With almost 3,200 participants, the WWMG 2020 were the biggest multisports event in the world. All in all, around 900 people were involved in making the Winter World Masters Games 2020 happen. Of these, approximately half were from the volunteer team tirol (VTT), a permanent pool of volunteers set up by innsbruck-tirol sports (ITS), the people behind the WWMG 2020. A third of the volunteers came from abroad and made the journey to Tyrol to be part of the WWMG. The Games also marked a record for ITS: following the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 and the International Children´s Games in 2016, the WWMG 2020 saw ITS become the first organisation of its kind to put into place three major multisports events. “That has onlybeen possible thanks to close and good cooperation with the volunteer team tirol, local clubs and associations plus, of course, our team of professionals with many years of event experience,” comments Georg Spazier, CEO of innsbruck-tirol sports.

Quotes from the WWMG 2020 Organising Team

Florian Kotlaba, WWMG Event Director:
“The positive spirit embodied by the masters athletes is truly infectious! Everyone who spoke to the athletes will have noticed the same thing for themselves. I really can’t imagine a better, more honest advertisement for the benefits of doing sport and enjoying exercise together. We can look back on a perfect event with a huge number of positives to take away.”

Michael Furtmayr, Volunteer Manager
"Our volunteers, including 450 members of the volunteer team tirol (VTT) plus 250 more volunteers from local clubs and associations, showed once again what can be achieved through teamwork, dedication and a willingness to give up some spare time to help others. As in previous events, we are particularly proud once again to have so many different nationalities represented in our volunteer team. The WWMG 2020 volunteers came from more than 50 different countries and played a huge part in making the Games an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers at the WWMG 2020. You were amazing!"

Facts and Figures

The facts and figures given here refer to the official competition period of the WWMG 2020 (10 – 19 January 2020). The WWMG 2020 were also used by the University of Innsbruck and the University of Salzburg for research projects. Four separate studies were carried out at the WWMG 2020 looking at the profile of the athletes, the overall satisfaction level among participants, the impact of injuries on sporting careers and the benefit of the Games to the local economy (due to be published in March).

Service & Total (approximate):
Meals served: 5,400
Uniforms issued: 700 x 4 items of clothing
Medals awarded: 2,715
Medal ceremonies: 704
Impressions generated on online channels: 757,189
Hours worked by the Austrian Red Cross: 1,300
Video material: 4 TB
Hours worked by the volunteer team tirol: 250,000

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