Three new events on the schedule


Plans are in place and the wheels are in motion for next year’s New Zealand Masters Games, which will be held in Dunedin.

The sport schedule for the games has been released and as well as featuring the popular sports, there are also some new events for people to try.

New to the schedule are beach volleyball, walking netball and the triple stadium stair challenge.

The triple stadium stair challenge would take place at the Caledonian, the University Oval and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Games manager Vicki Kestila said competitors would be timed during their stair run and when going from one venue to another.

They would have to go up and down each set of stairs a certain number of times, she said.

Games marketing and events co-ordinator Maria Apii said walking netball was a good sport for people with injuries or who had played in the past and wanted to play again.

While football, hockey, netball and golf often had the highest number of entries, dance sports and ice figure skating were growing, she said.

“[There are] a whole range of events for people of all ages.

“People should not feel they are too old or too young.”

In addition to the sports, there would also be a games village with entertainment.

“It’s such a good event for the city.”

The games will be held in Dunedin from February 3 until February 11 and registrations will open on August 17.