Winter Games NZ confirms programme

Thu 11 December 08

The world's largest winter sports event outside of the Olympics, Winter Games NZ, today unveiled its confirmed programme of competition that will present over 800 elite athletes competing in 20 different disciplines of ice and snow sports in one of the Southern Alps most spectacular regions

The world’s largest winter sports event outside of the Olympics, Winter Games NZ, today unveiled its confirmed programme of competition that will present over 800 elite athletes competing in 20 different disciplines of ice and snow sports in one of the Southern Alps’ most spectacular regions.

The Games will showcase the best of winter sports over the four international resorts of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable, Snow Farm and Cardrona within the picturesque Queenstown/Lake Wanaka region featuring alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and free skiing and adaptive snow sports. The small town of Naseby in Central Otago, home of New Zealand curling, will host teams curling while the coastal city of Dunedin will be the venue for figure skating and ice hockey. Winter triathlon will also feature in the programme, but as a demonstration event.

The programme has been designed to provide a strong representation for all sports, including adaptive snow sports, and to give athletes an opportunity to gain valuable competition experience in an elite environment prior to Vancouver in 2010. Spectators will have free access to all the events, including the opening and closing ceremonies while TV audiences around the globe will be able to enjoy the only winter sports event of this kind in the world.

Winter Games NZ CEO, Arthur Klap, said building the programme had been a complex exercise but the support of the various national sporting bodies around the world, together with the FIS, had been exceptional.

“We have a really strong programme that is going to give winter sports a significant boost in the lead up to the Olympics,” he said. “We’ve managed to get nearly all the sports we wanted to - our one disappointment is being unable to secure a short track speed skating World Cup. However, this has been replaced by two trans Tasman ice hockey test matches and there’s nothing like a bit of Australian/Kiwi rivalry to get the public fired up!”

Winter Games NZ will take place from 22 to 30 August 2009. For further information, visit www.wintergamesnz.com.
 

WINTER GAMES NZ 2009 PROGRAMME

Sat 22 August
Trans Tasman Ice Hockey Test Match - Dunedin
Free Skiing Slopestyle - The Remarkables

Sun 23 August
Classic Cross Country Skiing - Snow Farm
Snowboard Slopestyle - The Remarkables
Trans Tasman Ice Hockey Test Match - Dunedin
Curling - Naseby

Mon 24 August
Sprint Cross Country Skiing - Snow Farm
Curling - Naseby

Tues 25 August
Alpine Skiing – Super G - Coronet Peak
Adaptive Skiing – Super G - Coronet Peak
Adaptive Cross Country - Snow Farm
Freestyle 5km - Women - Snow Farm
Freestyle 10km – Men - Snow Farm
Curling - Naseby

Wed 26 August
Boarder-X - Cardrona
Free Ski Halfpipe - Cardrona
Curling - Naseby

Thurs 27 August
Alpine Skiing – Giant Slalom, men - Coronet Peak
Snowboard Halfpipe - Cardrona
Skier-X - Cardrona
Curling - Naseby

Friday 28 August
Alpine Skiing – Giant Slalom, women - Coronet Peak
Adaptive Skiing – Giant Slalom - Coronet Peak
Curling - Naseby
Figure Skating - Dunedin

Saturday 29 August
Adaptive Skiing – Slalom - Coronet Peak
Snowboard Big Air - Cardrona
Free Ski Big Air - Cardrona
Winter Triathlon - Snow Farm
Curling - Naseby
Figure Skating - Dunedin

Sunday 30 August
Alpine Skiing – Slalom - Coronet Peak
Snowboard Big Air - Coronet Peak
Free Ski Big Air - Coronet Peak  
Figure Skating - Dunedin  
Closing Ceremony - Coronet Peak

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present over 800 elite athletes competing in 20 different disciplines of ice and snow sports in one of the Southern Alps’ most spectacular regions

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