August 4, 2000
Kaz Drake to promote Asia Games
Tokyo Weekender | Japan’s Premier English Magazine
Kaz Drake, accomplished sports promoter and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has been appointed Ambassador of the Asia Pacific Masters Games on Australia’a Gold Coast Oct. 28-Nov. 5. Drake will act as liaison and helpmate for an event that last year burst over its Pacific borders to draw 9,500 competitors from 40 countries at all points of the compass from Argentina to Venezuela.
There were too few Yanks, Drake says, and she wants to change that. “We want anybody from Hawaii to New York. Japanese, too–any flag, any country.” ASPAC will follow that, but Drake insists it won’t be a crowd-chaser behind those main-event games and the Paralympics for handicapped competitors.
On Gold Coast, 43 events will be held in a more-the-merrier sports marathon on many fields and venues. There will be sports as genteel as lawn bowling and as rugged as Rugby Union. Skipping surfing in Australia would be like scratching soccer in England, the reason seasoned competitors will break surf at some of the best beach breaks. And there’ll be gifted amateurs on many fine tennis courts.
in Australia, you’re not old–just older. Minimum age in most ASPAC categories is 30, although swimmers can be as young as 25. Taekwondo entrants can be as dated 60-plus. A woman in the flyweight class can be as light as 117 lbs. If you’re a fit and supple 30 to 70 and up, there will be the swim, cycle and run triathlon.
Gold Coast is the star in the State of Queensland’s crown, with old and touristy names such as Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. Drake says ASPAC is a fair bid to be an international athletic site.
One thing hoped for this year is that many Japanese will attend. There were none there in 1998, and some of the best were shut out because of Japan’s economic downturn, which meant individual or corporate teams were denied travel fares.
ASPAC officials are encouraged by nibbles from baseball, volleyball and rugby teams, a healthy sign some of the best may be back. Interested persons should contact Kaz Drake by email at email@example.com
2nd Asia Pacific Masters Games(2002 Gold Coast)
Mr. Takahira and Mr. Hal Drake
Mr. and Mrs. Takeya, S. Parkins(Exe. Manager), Mr. Takahira(Swimming Winner), Kerry Watson(Chairman), Kaz Drake(Offical Games Ambassador)