Audi quattro Winter Games NZ double finalist in national sports awards
The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, host of the FIS World Cup opener, has been selected as a finalist in two categories of the 2014 New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards, one of the country’s highest honours for recognising and celebrating contributions to the sector.
Winter Games NZ, internationally regarded as one of the world’s top five snow sports events, is shortlisted for both Event Excellence and the award for Commercial Partnership in conjunction with Audi NZ who became naming sponsor of the Games for the first time in 2013. The winners will be announced at a special awards night in Christchurch on 14 April.
Sport New Zealand made the announcement following judging by a panel of leading figures in the national sports governance community including Peter Dale, New Zealand Community Trust chairman, Sir John Wells, former SPARC chairman and board member of multiple major sporting events, Sue McGregor, Head of Sponsorship at ANZ, Selwyn Maister, Olympic hockey gold medallist and former head the Canterbury Regional Sports Trust, and Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand.
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ chief executive, Arthur Klap said it was a tremendous recognition of the efforts of everyone involved in last August’s third biennial event.
“The Games is an extremely ambitious project and we set high standards so to be a finalist in two categories shows that we are on track to becoming world leading in winter sports. It is also pleasing that the quality of the partnership we have established with Audi has been recognised. This is a real boost for all concerned as we focus on our planning for the Games in 2015 and 2017,” he said.
Winter Games NZ 2013 took place from 15-25 August at the international resorts of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, along with the Maniototo International Curling Rink.
Many athletes went on to represent their nations at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Sochi including most of the New Zealand team plus Olympic gold medal winner Iouri Podladtchikov (Switzerland, snowboard halfpipe).
In its post-event report released in December, Winter Games NZ announced a net financial benefit to New Zealand of $7.8 million and a return on investment ratio for the Government of 1:7.8. This means for every dollar invested by the Government, the return was $7.80.
A full list of finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards can be found at www.sportrecawards.org.nz.