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The 2017 World Masters Games

Held every four years since its inception in 1985, the World Masters Games is the world's largest multi-sport event. This year, the Games will take place across various venues in Auckland and the Waikato.

The Games will begin with the opening ceremony at Eden Park tomorrow (Friday 21 April) and will continue until Sunday 30 April. Over 25,000 athletes from over 100 different countries will take part in sports such as Athletics, Cycling, Golf, Rowing, Surf Life Saving, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

Proudly sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson, Auckland Grammar School is proud to have five Old Boys competing in a variety of sports. Hosted by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), the Games are chaired by another Old Boy, Sir John Wells '57 who started in his role about five years ago when the Board was formed. "That's when the lead-up to the 2017 games began, so it has been pretty full on since!"

The five Old Boys competing are Barfoot & Thompson company directors Garth Barfoot '49 (triathlon and the 2.5km open water swim) and Peter Thompson '76 (lawn bowls), Terry Nuthall '53 (orienteering), Barry Griffiths '77 (table tennis) and John Gluckman '64 will take part in the marathon.

To learn more about the World Masters Games, please click here.