In less than a year, the Winter World Masters Games (WWMG) are guests in Tyrol (World Masters Games Innsbruck). The games are the largest winter sports festival for over 30 years. All involved winter sports organizers call enthusiastic amateur athletes to participate. A first launch of this event fell this day in the venerable giant hall of Innsbruck’s Hofburg.
The Winter World Masters Games (WWMG) is the world’s largest winter sports festival for over 30s. More than 3,000 athletes will be traveling to the Tyrol in January 2020 to compete in 12 sports true to the Olympic values of achievement, friendship and respect. Spectacular alpine mountain scenery, honest hospitality, cultural highlights and state-of-the-art sports facilities are the further ingredients for this unique winter sports festival. Whether professional or avid hobby athlete, everyone can participate in the Winter World Masters Games. Age is the only criterion for participation. The minimum age varies depending on the sport. There is no limit to the top. True to the philosophy of “sport for all” or “sport for life”, the International Masters Games Association (IMGA), recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), emphasizes the importance of movement in every age group. Since 1985, the year when the first World Masters Games (WMG) took place in Toronto, Canada, the number of athletes has made the Games the biggest multi-sport event in the world.
More than sport
More than 3,000 athletes are expected in January 2020 in Innsbruck to be part of this multi-sport event. The offer of 12 disciplines so that almost covers the entire range of winter sports. In addition to the power thought that calls International Masters Games Association (IMGA) as the carrier of the event under the theme “Sports for Life” and “Sport for All” for sport to old age on. Unlike traditional sporting events, the participants, many of whom arrive by families take to learn about time their venue. “Sport is the main reason why people from around the world arrive to the games. Here we are in an excellent position as a three-time Olympic city and organizer of numerous world championships and this reputation we maintain through the WWMG on, “explains Georg walking, the organizer Innsbruck-Tirol Sports GmbH Managing Director. “In Innsbruck, we can combine with sports, in addition to score with cultural and tourist attractions, as in no other winter sports.”
Joint effort of the Tyrolean winter sports players
Overall, the participants are 12 sports to choose from, each of which is implemented by experienced regional sports partners. “Such a large event like the WWMG 2020, with wide sports and a total of eight venues, can be implemented only as a joint effort of many participants,” said event director Florian Kotlaba looking forward to working with many renowned sports clubs. “We are creating as ITS, the umbrella organization for this unique sporting event, but the individual clubs fill it with life.” In addition to cooperation with local associations all events take place exclusively on existing infrastructure. As with sports clubs, we can with the existing opportunities that exist around Innsbruck, really lucky, “adds Georg walking.
Hubert Bertignoll, chairman of the ski club Patscherkofel and in this function organizer of the alpine skiing competitions, was thrilled by the idea of Winter World Masters Games from the beginning: “Sport for all and at any age is important to improve the quality of life or in the elderly for as long as possible. Here we can make something together and create an event that has never before dreamed. Some fight for the medals and other is more about the joy.”
Anyone can participate!
The minimum age, which is in most sports for 30 years, is the only participation criterion. All enthusiastic and ambitious amateur athletes are invited to register for Innsbruck 2020th This is true both for locals, as well as athletes from around the world who are creating these games for adult athletes a particular mood. “The positive feedback and interest we already received from around the world, is simply overwhelming,” says Georg Ganner, President of the Tirol Skating Association. “Alone for figure skating have over 800 athletes reported. All want to be Olympiaworld with it. In the emotion and the positive spirit bring to these athletes, which is a very special event.”
Olympiaworld, Patscherkofel and Seefeld as sports centers
The Olympia World is the sporting and organizational center of this winter sports festival in the state capital. There the competitions in figure skating, speed skating and short track, and much of the ice hockey tournament will be held. Patscherkofel alpine skiing competitions and a ski promotion race will be held. Venue of the Nordic sports is Seefeld. Especially after the soon beginning FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2019, the organizers have access to modern facilities and great expertise. Yvonne Kirn Bauer, Ok Secretary of the Nordic World Championships, looking forward to the re-use of equipment: “Often these are just empty promises, but we are seeing a large number of regional and international athletes in Seefeld next year. With the joy of movement, lots of fun, lots of snow and great competitions.” In addition, Kitzbühel complete with curling, Sellrain with a ski race, as well Telfs and Götzens for hockey the list of WWMG Venues.
Have your say – as an athlete, accompanying person or Volunteer
Emblematic sports facilities, cultural highlights, soothing genuine hospitality and inspiring sportsmanship make this winter sport festival a unique experience. The Organizing Committee and sports organizers are calling for a join. Registration for athletes start soon and is on the official website WWMG be possible. Registration for participation in the volunteer team tirol is already possible – registrations as a volunteer.
The Master Games in Innsbruck as a sporting highlight with a cultural special.
Picture 01: (names from left to right, back row) Hannes Wolf (Union Speed Skating Club Innsbruck), Wunderer Sebastian (Curling Club Kitzbühel), Benedikt Schennach, Peter Schramm (both Tiroler Eishockeyverband), Adrian Wickert (Orienteering Innsbruck Imst), Werner Brugger (SV Sistrans - Skitouren), Heinz Kapferer (SV Sellrain - Wildsaustaffel), Hubert Bertignoll (Skiclub Patscherkofel); (names from left to right, front row) Georg Spazier (innsbruck-tirol sports GmbH), Jacqueline Stark (Ski-Club Seefeld), Georg Ganner (Union Eislaufschule Innsbruck), Yvonne Kirnbauer (Ski-Club Seefeld), Florian Kotlaba (ITS).
Picture 02: Georg Spazier (innsbruck-tirol sports GmbH), Jacqueline Stark, Yvonne Kirnbauer (both Ski-Club Seefeld), Hannes Wolf (Union Speed Skating Club Innsbruck), Georg Ganner (Union Eislaufschule Innsbruck), Wunderer Sebastian (Curling Club Kitzbühel), Benedikt Schennach, Peter Schramm (both Tiroler Eishockeyverband), Adrian Wickert (Orienteering Innsbruck Imst), Werner Brugger (SV Sistrans - Skitouren), Heinz Kapferer (SV Sellrain - Wildsaustaffel), Hubert Bertignoll (Skiclub Patscherkofel) und Florian Kotlaba (ITS).
Photo credit: ITS / Michael Furtmayr
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