Winter Games NZ earns Event Excellence Award at Sport NZ Awards
Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Naseby hosted the third biennial Winter Games New Zealand in August last year, providing a unique opportunity for Kiwis to witness one of the largest snow sports events outside of the Winter Olympics.
The 2013 Winter Games acted as a qualifier to the Sochi Olympics and offered world-ranking points.
For the first time, the programme featured four FIS World Cup events and two IPC World Cup events in a variety of snowboard and ski racing that attracted Olympic standard fields.
Remarkably, 17 competitors at the Winter Games NZ went on to win medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics including five gold medallists.
In addition to the action on the slopes, the Games worked closely with Snow Sports New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand, Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism to ensure the public, competitors and media were welcomed to bustling downtown hubs, featuring live entertainment, medal ceremonies, live broadcasts and an Adventure Film Festival.
The Audi Quattro Winter Games New Zealand delivered an economic benefit of $7.8 million to New Zealand.
Winter Games NZ CEO, Arthur Klap said it was an honour to receive the award and that it would have a significant impact on planning for future events.
“My whole team is excited to be recognised by Sport NZ as the leading event in New Zealand. IT gives us the perfect platform to seek the necessary financial support for 2015 and 2017. Now we focus on delivering an even better event next year,” he said.
The next Winter Games NZ will take place in August 2015. For further information, visit www.wintergamesnz.com.