NEW BRITAIN -Registration is open for the 39th annual Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games, to be hosted by the city for the eighth straight year.
The multisport competition is focused on amateur athletes over 50 years old and is recognized as the stateâ€™s official Senior Games by the National Senior Games Association and the United States Olympic Committee. It is a qualifier for the 2019 National Senior Games.
The games have been held around the state, including Bridgeport, Southington, New London and Hartford.
New Britain has hosted the event since 2011 and is set to continue to serve as host city through 2020.
Activities will be held on selected weekends from April through June at New Britain High School and Central Connecticut State University.
Sports are now open to younger adults in two separate age brackets, 30-39 and 40-49.
Team sports are volleyball, slow-pitch softball and three-on-three basketball.
Individual sports include racquetball, pickleball, tennis, table tennis, bowling, cycling and archery.
There will also be a track and field meet on May 19 and a swim meet on May 20.
Following the Olympic tradition, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each event.
The nonprofit organization is offering a Bring a Buddy initiative, allowing athletes to register a friend for half the regular fee.
In addition to athletes, the Connecticut Mastersâ€™ Games are seeking volunteers who can help during competition.
Volunteer opportunities include guiding people through registration, serving as scorers and timers and setting up awards ceremonies.
The organizationâ€™s mission is to promote better overall health and fitness while recognizing older athletes and providing them a forum that embodies the Olympic spirit of competition and inspires the development of physical and competitive abilities.
To register, contact Ben Guisto at CTMasters@CTMastersgames.org or call 860-788-7041.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.