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Martin Toomey Appointed as CEO of Winter Games NZ

Media release sent on behalf of Winter Games NZ

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (28 December 2017) - The Board of Winter Games NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Toomey as the new Chief Executive Officer of Winter Games NZ. Martin’s appointment follows on from the successful establishment phase led by Arthur Klap.

Sir Eion Edgar, Chair of Winter Games NZ, said, “Marty will be an ideal replacement for Arthur; having spent six years in the role of CEO of Snow Sports NZ he knows and understands high performance sport, snow-based competition and the requirements to deliver a successful event. With the Winter Games set to become an annual event on the international winter sports calendar and Arthur’s decision to step aside from the full time CEO role, Marty’s experience will enable us to continue to build on the successes achieved to date.”

Martin Toomey’s appointment follows an extensive recruitment process that attracted considerable international interest. Sir Eion commented that the Board was delighted with the quality and depth of the applicants and said that this demonstrated the high regard in which the Games are held internationally.

Martin Toomey has spent the last six years as CEO of Snow Sports NZ after 10 years leading and driving high performance sport for government agency Sport NZ (SPARC). Prior to that Martin was the All Blacks fitness trainer from 1992 to 1999.

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are an elite multi snow and ice sports event held over 17 days in Central Otago, New Zealand. They have developed to become one of the world’s leading elite winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere. The Games were first held in 2009 and have since been held, very successfully, on a biennial basis. In 2018 the Games will continue on an annual basis.

No other event, outside the Winter Olympics, has the breadth and depth of competition of the Winter Games NZ.

Martin Toomey is expected to take over as Chief Executive in March.

ENDS

Key Winter Games NZ statistics from 2017:

846 elite athletes and 250 management from 42 countries participated
45,000 international bed nights and an economic return of $13.4m
Involves eight snow and ice sports including adaptive (disabled) snow sports
Held in Central Otago on Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and the Maniototo Curling Stadium over 17 days in late August and early September
More than 1,500 hours of international television coverage across more than 150 countries
In excess of 10m views of digital content on social media
Four FIS World Cups and one Para-snowboard World Cup were part of the Winter Games NZ in 2017

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