Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Over the next 12 days, athletes aged between 35 and 97 will compete in 25 sports at venues across the city. The Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is the event's major sponsor.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the State Government's successful bid to host the event would deliver an economic windfall for Western Australia.
"I'm delighted to welcome so many talented and inspiring older athletes to Perth for these championships, which encourage fitness and friendship across the world," Mr Barnett said.
"Mass participation events such as this bring thousands of competitors, supporters and officials to Western Australia. These visitors are also likely to explore other areas of the State before and after the championships, bringing in valuable tourism dollars."
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the event would also activate venues across the city and leave a lasting legacy for the West Australian community.
"The track events will be at the WA Athletics Centre in Mount Claremont and the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington, while road events will take place along the picturesque Swan River," Ms Davies said.
"Western Australia takes great pride in providing outstanding sport and recreation facilities for people of all ages and abilities.
"We're expecting some fierce competition during the championships, matched by a strong community spirit and the enjoyment of participating."
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