Challenge Wanaka more than just sport

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said Challenge Wanaka was more than just sport and was a great example of how unique and well run local events can have huge positive spin-offs for regional New Zealand.

“Challenge Wanaka has grown, since 2007, to become the country’s largest multi-day triathlon festival. It is an iconic event which brings in an estimated $4 million in economic benefits.

“Over 1,570 athletes from 28 nations will celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary on February 20, attracting huge numbers of visitors and supporters to the Upper Clutha region.

“On top of that the event is broadcast live around the world, not only promoting the sport of triathlon, but celebrating and promoting the scenic beauty of the Wanaka region internationally.

“As we continue to grow our tourism sector events like this, which not only attract visitors but also promote the country, play a significant role.

“As the challenge gets set to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust and the host of volunteers and supporters who assist them, should be congratulated on their efforts.”


Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru