Wānaka Sun       

Record numbers at Sport and Rec Festival

Posted at 6:00am Wednesday 09 Oct, 2019 | By Staff Reporter

The Mitre 10 Wānaka Festival of Sport and Recreation 2019 hosted a record number of booth holders during its sixth annual event on September 15. Event organisers said 40 local sporting clubs and businesses, along with 30 interactive booths, came together with fun and interactive ways to encourage interest in their clubs and start conversations with visitors. About 80 volunteers welcomed more than 400 guests who came to enjoy the entertainment, opportunities and experiences hosted at the Wānaka Recreation Centre.

Amy Allan, Festival of Sport and Recreation coordinator, told the Wānaka Sun, "The new layout was a huge success. It was easy for visitors to navigate their way around the booths and also find themselves in the right place at the right time for the have a go activities and demonstrations."

“This was our first time at the Festival of Sport and Recreation and we absolutely loved being able to showcase ParkRun and build connections with other clubs," said Jane and Adam Sharman of Park Run Wānaka.

The family-friendly event was designed to 'inform, promote and celebrate the range of sporting and recreational activities on offer to all ages over the summer season and beyond.' Allan said, "A huge highlight of the day was the participation from visitors and many adults and children having [a] go at new sports and activities for the first time."

She added, “It is always fantastic to work with so many volunteers in our community and this year we were really impressed with all of the clubs and businesses who took time out of their busy schedules to deliver creative and interactive ways to represent their clubs and capture people's attention."

The date for Mitre 10 Wānaka Festival of Sport and Recreation 2020 has yet to be announced.

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