The City of Torun and the Polish Masters Athletics are our hosts for the 2019 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships. Four years after the very successful European Masters Indoor championships which hosted 2186 participants from 37 countries, an even bigger international Masters athletics event is coming back to Poland. Like me, athletes and teams still remember the outstanding venues, the perfect organisation and the warm welcome the local Polish people offered to them.

This beautiful and historical City is now inviting the athletes from all over the world to discover and enjoy their stay. The old town of Torun with its beautifully preserved historical buildings and unique monuments has been entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The City is fully supporting this Championship and you can be sure to find a very friendly welcome. Hospitality is a major strength of Poland and its people. There are many historic displays to see and lots of things to do in Torun so be prepared to take time exploring what this City has to offer the Masters athletes from around the world.

The bonus for athletes and their accompanying friends and family is that all of the competition venues are within a short distance from the City centre and the major accommodation facilities. Polish Masters Athletics has good international experience and an excellent range of quality officials. The Local Organising Committee is working hard to ensure a high quality Championship. I am personally looking forward to going back to Torun as I have every confidence that this will be a memorable, successful and high quality experience for all who take part.

On behalf of World Masters Athletics I would like to welcome you in Torun as a participant or a guest at the 2019 WMA Championships, Indoors in Torun. I thank Waclaw Krankowski with his team and the Polish Masters Athletics for their support in the organisation and management of this competition. I wish to acknowledge the support of the City of Torun and the sponsors who have contributed to making this Championship possible.

Finally, WMA extends its best wishes to all participants, officials, volunteers and all others that have been or will be involved in making these Championships a success. Let us look forward to a happy and enjoyable stay in Torun. Enjoy athletics, friendship and new experiences in our great Masters Athletics family!

On behalf of the WMA Council.

Margit Jungmann
WMA PRESIDENT

Dear Competitors, Coaches! Ladies and Gentlemen!

In 2019, Toruń will again host a spectacular event. The 8th World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor are ahead of us. Poland has on a number of occasions demonstrated its outstanding capabilities as the organizer of prestigious sports events. I am happy that we have again been recognized and our country will have the opportunity to welcome athletes from all over the world, including a strong Polish representation.

The main strength of the “Masters” Athletics Championships lies primarily in the fact that they are open to a very broad group of participants. The attending competitors prove that regardless of the age one can always set new goals and overcome one’s own limitations and barriers. Due to the fact that Toruń will be visited by competitors from all corners of the world, the event is very unique and special.

I would like to thank you, dear Competitors, for making physical activity an integral part of your life and thus inspiring others to follow your example. By pursuing your passion, you at the same time significantly contribute to developing the foundations of healthy and fit society.

I am convinced that the 8th World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor will create an opportunity not only to test your strength with other sportsmen of the world, but also to discover the beauty of Toruń and the region of Kuyavia and Pomerania. I believe that owing to Polish hospitality combined with professional organization of the Championships you will enjoy many pleasant moments here and you will keep this sports event for long in your memory.

Come to Poland! See you in Toruń.

Yours
Witold Bańka
Minister of Sport and Tourism

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I invite athletes and fans of athletics, the Queen of Sports, to come to Toruń! We are proud that the 8th World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor  – Toruń 2019 will take place here, in the hometown of Nicolaus Copericus.

Let me assure you that the sports venues and facilities are well prepared for the reception of the athletes and spectators from all over the world. The main venue of the championships will be Arena Toruń – opened in 2014 state-of the-art sports and entertainment hall in Bema Street. It is here, on the blue running track that national, European and world athletics records are broken.

I am convinced that the guests and competitors will not only keep the memories of the great sporting event and excellent results, but also of the kindness and friendliness of local residents and the cultural richness of our city, which in 2017 celebrates the 20th anniversary of inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We are looking forward to seeing you in Toruń in 2019!

 

Michał Zaleski
Mayor of Toruń

Dear athletics enthusiasts!

I’d like to invite you to participate in World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor 2019 and explore the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship – the land of gothic monuments, beautiful lakes and forests.

This is an excellent opportunity for athletes from all over the world to enjoy the rich sports, tourist, and cultural offer of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region. The biggest perks include the location at the very center of Europe, competitive prices, and traditional Polish hospitality. The participants of this athletics championship will surely be impressed by Toruń’s old town, the taste of local, stuffed gingerbread cakes, and the overall natural values the region has to offer.
Kuyavian-Pomeranian is all about sports. We’ve been investing a lot in sports infrastructure. In the last 8 years, we’ve devoted nearly 100 million Euros to building new courts, swimming pools, race tracks, and stadiums. The beautiful Toruń Arena where you’ll be competing has also been built with the help of Voivodeship Government.

See you in Toruń in 2019!

Piotr Całbecki
Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Masters,

We were very happy to receive the decision of World Masters Athletics to give Toruń the right to organise 8th World Masters Athletic Championships Indoor in 2019. The decision is a very big award for us and I am convinced that it is a result of very good reception of 10th European Masters Athletics Championship Indoor, which we organised in Toruń in March 2015. The positive comments were received both from the authorities of European and World Masters Athletics, but, more importantly, from a large group of participants, competitors, who came in such big numbers to compete in the European Championships in Toruń. It was these opinions that encouraged us to try to apply for organisation of the World Championships in 2019. Your positive feedback and our efforts resulted in the fact that on 30 October 2016, during the World Masters Athletics congress in Perth, Australia, the delegates gave us the right to organise the next World Championships.

Granting Toruń the right to organise such a big and prestigious sporting event is a big award for us and a big challenge and obligation. Grateful to the delegates, we can make a declaration that we are going to face this challenge and that we will meet the expectations of the authorities and participants who will come to us from all over the world. Polish hospitality combined with the highest level of organisation and quality of our sporting facilities will surely have the effect that in 2019, you will get a lot of in unforgettable and positive experience from Toruń.

Today, we encourage you to leave your e-mail address by newsletter subscription and to like the WMACI 2019 profile on Facebook. With that, we will know that you are interested in participating in the World Championships in Toruń, and you will allow us to send information about the stage of preparations for the championships and about the attractions we prepared.

Dear Friends, see you in Toruń!

With sporting regards,

Wacław Krankowski
President of Polish Masters Athletics