The 32nd Downer New Zealand Masters Games take place in Whanganui 5th-14th February. Floorball is among the 56 sports and will be played as a two-day tournament. This is the first time that floorball is included in the Masters Games programme.
The event started with a Opening Ceremony on Friday the 5th and on Saturday followed the first sport competitions. A total of 56 sports will be featured over a 9-day competition, that is hosting over 4,500 participants. Floorball is represented by a total of 89 participants.
– We are looking forward to Floorball being played for the first time at the New Zealand Masters Games. Given the state of COVID across the world, we are incredibly lucky to be able to play at a sports tournament of this size, says Rob Campbell, the President of Floorball New Zealand who will be playing in goal.
This will be the first time floorball is showcased in the event. Floorball has 12 teams partaking consisting of mixed teams in two different age grades. The matches are taking place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th and there are teams traveling from all over the country to participate in the Masters Games.
– It’s another step for us to become a regular sport here and it will certainly introduce some new people to floorball. The Masters Games is an annual event and one of the biggest sporting events in NZ. We hope that floorball can be a regular part of that from here on, says Christian Bertschinger, the Head Coach of New Zealand Men’s U19 team.
Results form floorball matches can be found from Floorball New Zealand Facebook.
About the Games
The New Zealand Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in New Zealand. The event is held annually and it alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin.
Since establishment in 1989, the New Zealand Masters Games has grown from 1,500 participants competing in 29 different sports to 8,000 competitors and 67 sports, making it the biggest Masters Games event in New Zealand by far. In 2019 more than 4,300 athletes from over 20 countries participated in the event.
As the name says, the event is for athletes of masters age. Every sports is different with respect to the age at which athletes become masters.
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