Masters hub to be the Octagon

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Teamwork . . . The Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games team (from left) Vicki Kestila, Charlotte Meiklejohn, Katie Whelan, Maria Apii and Geoff Simons in the Octagon, which will be the games hub next year. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

The Masters Games hub “right in the heart of Dunedin” is set to be packed with action during the games.

It was announced last week the hub would be in the Octagon, which coincides with a trial closure between January and March.

Games events co-ordinator Maria Apii said the hub would be used for the opening and closing ceremonies, entertainment, sports and activities, and medal presentations for the duration of the nine-day event.

The games will commence with the opening ceremony on February 1 followed by a performance by Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band.

Sports such as the indoor triathlon, Top Team Challenge and indoor rowing will be held in the hub, as well as the chance to “have a go” at other activities like badminton and petanque.

There will also be a fitness expo with demonstrations and goodies.

“Anybody came come along to try out different things to do with health and fitness.”

Mrs Apii said the hub was a great space for participants to meet other people competing in different sports.

Since it was in the heart of the city, there was great access to Dunedin’s bars, restaurants and shops.

The central location was close to most of the city’s sports venues, and provided people with activities and entertainment in between their events.