International Hockey comes to Newcastle this week when 15 nations will descend on the city to compete for the 8th Grand Masters World Cup from 3rd to 12th May.
Peter Sweeney, head of the Organising Committee and captain of the Australian 65+ team says the tournament will be a significant boost to the local economy as well as a fantastic demonstration of the value and power of sport, regardless of age.
“The visiting international teams include many players who played at the elite level in their younger days. The international body now recognises the significant role that Masters plays in hockey worldwide and has given this World Cup official FIH classification,” says Mr Sweeney.
The cup will bring with it more than 1,500 players, officials and supporters and an estimated $4.5 million in economic impact, this event is a major coup for the city and surrounding areas.
Boasting 45 teams from 15 nations in the over 60s, 65s and 70s age groups, the rivalries will be fierce and the hockey prowess a true spectacle. National teams will compete for the official FIH WGMA World Cup title whilst national second teams and affiliated international teams will participate in the WGMA Trophy Tournament.
For more information visit http://www.wgmaworldcup2016.com/