NZ Winter Games To Become Annual Event

March 3, 2018 by

New Zealand Winter Games To Be Held Every Year

A new era has dawned for New Zealand’s Winter Games. Going forward, the Winter Games will be staged every year as opposed to only once every second year, as has been the case up until now. The announcement was recently made by the new Winter Games New Zealand chief executive, Marty Toomey.

Toomey said that the reason behind the decision to extend the Winter Games to every year instead of only every second year, was the immense overall success of the 2017 Winter Games. He said that the success was most evidently seen in the quality of the facilities, the quality performance of the athletes, the sheer volume of the national as well as international broadcasts of the event and the financial returns generated by the event for the region of Otago.

The Many Advantages Of Local Winter Games

These and other significant factors appear to be just what the doctor ordered to convince the board that the time for expansion was now. The New Zealand Government, too, has committed to supporting the games through to 2021. This means that through its New Zealand Major Events initiative, the New Zealand Government will continue to play a vital part in the development of local Kiwi athletes.

The New Zealand Winter Games is the main preparation method for the Olympic Winter Games and served this purpose well in the run-up towards PyeongChang. At PyeongChang, 25 out of the 30 medallists who had competed in the Park and Pipe freeski and snowboarding events, had also competed in the New Zealand Winter Games which was held in Otago only six months earlier.

This truly emphasises the role of New Zealand’s Winter Games in aiding athletes with their preparation process for the Olympic Winter Games. Olympic medallists Zoi Sadowski –Synnott and Nico Porteous as well as top performers Carlos Garcia Knight and Beau-James Wells all used the 2017 Winter Games to help them prepare for the Olympic Winter Games.

Winter Games New Zealand chair Sir Eion Edgar said that the outstanding results and top performances by Zoi and Porteous and many others were a true testament and fantastic endorsement of New Zealand’s own Winter Games.

In 2018, the New Zealand Winter Games will also incorporate the FIS Freeski Junior Championships and the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships and will serve as the ideal stepping stone for younger athletes to enter the arena of professional sports in New Zealand.

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