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Snow On The Water And A Hundred Battle Cries!

Snow On The Water And A Hundred Battle Cries!

The ninth Sport Expo brings new extremes to Auckland ’s Viaduct. (Oct 29-31)

Extreme snowsports stars will take to the sky above five tonnes of snow before splashing down in Auckland ’s Viaduct Harbour .

The Sony Ericsson Big Air is one of the highlights of this year’s Sport Expo with competitors from four different winter sport disciplines vying to be king of this man-made mountain on the water.

A massive barge will be towed into place in front of the old America ’s Cup bases for the massive freeze-down. It’s the first time this super snow dump has been attempted in Auckland but organisers say the “snow on the water” will give Aucklanders a chance to see the kind of stunts usually confined to the slopes of Queenstown and Wanaka.

”Sport Expo is all about new innovations and the best achievements in all sport, “ according to organiser Dave Mee .

“New Zealanders are not passive about their sport and this Expo is about seeing the best push themselves to the limit and sampling what other sports have to offer.”

This year’s Sport Expo coincides with the adidas Auckland marathon and as well as being the pick-up point for race packs is also an inspirational destination for the runners with an hour long seminar on preparation for the big event hosted by Bevan Docherty, Melissa Moon and Jon Ackland on Saturday 30 October, the day before the race.

In 2004, the Sport Expo is proving to be a mecca for national sporting events. The Nutralife New Zealand Body Building Championships is set to run throughout the weekend with more than 300 competitors strutting their stuff.

Another new event in praise of amazing physique is the Miada Ms Fitness 2004, a test of strength, fitness and physical excellence for women from gyms around New Zealand .

Two of New Zealand ’s fittest women are Olympic gold medalists, Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell. Visitors to Sport Expo are challenged to try their best on the rowing machines throughout the weekend. The fastest time gets the chance to try out their skills against the sisters in a unique and exclusive indoor rowing race.

Sport Expo 2004 is the proud host of a number of other “firsts” in New Zealand sport including the inaugural Harbour Crossing Swim from Devonport’s Stanley Bay right into the Viaduct Harbour . The event has already attracted a huge field including Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter.

And there’ll be special celebrity rugby guests on hand on Saturday 30th at 4pm to judge the inaugural Band Aid School “ Sports Haka” contest.

The proud tradition of secondary school sporting competition is echoed in the sideline cries of supporters chanting for their team.

These chants have legendary status at their schools and Sport Expo is introducing a new competition to see just which school has the best chant in 2004. The call for entries has gone out with only the first 20 schools eligible for the $1,000.00 first prize.

Interaction is the name of the game at Sport Expo 2004 with over 100 stands featuring discounted sports fashion to new sports food with opportunities to have a go at everything from baseball to mountain biking, wrestling and tae kwon do.

With 3,500 carparks within easy walking distance and a very user friendly price of just $12 for adults and $6 for kids it’s the best fun any style sports fan can have without getting a sweat up!

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