Hi and Kia ora!
Welcome to the December newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.
We now have people registered from 15 countries. Based on the way things are going, we forecast that there will be participants from over 20 countries flying to Wellington in March 2011
If you haven’t signed up yet, remember that all levels of ability are catered for. If you are looking for real competition, you’ll find it (one of our participants is a current world record holder in her sport) – but you can also register in social or entry-level grades in sports like squash, tennis and ten pin bowling. If you want to enter a team sport – football or hockey, perhaps – but don’t have a team, you can still register, and we’ll join you up with other players.
The winner of our earlybird registration draw was Glenn Bernardin of Northern Territory, Australia. Glenn wins a luxury weekend for two at Hamurana Lodge, Rotorua, with access to all the Lodge facilities and delicious French breakfasts – a prize package worth over NZ$1200.
Arts and cultural festival launch
If you are in Wellington this Thursday, then come along to the launch of our arts and culture festival. We are launching our festival at the opening the first Outgames-related art exhibition at The Light Boxes in Courtenay Place. Join us at The Jimmy Café and Bar at 5.30pm, Thursday December 16.
Conference programme launched
The full conference programme has been announced, and is now up on our website. You can see all the presentations. As with sports, our conference registrations are running well ahead of forecast.
Sponsorship cheque marks Human Rights Day
To mark International Human Rights Day on December 10, the Ambassador for The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ari van der Viel, presented Outgames Co-chair Virginia Hopkins-Burns with a cheque for $66,000. This money will sponsor our Human Rights Conference, with part of it going towards scholarships for people from Pacific Island countries.
Queen of the Whole Universe
Why not launch your Outgames week in style, with the fabulously colourful show Queen of the Whole Universe, in town for one night only in Wellington’s cute Opera House. You can book the best seats in the house (Stalls Premium Reserve) at the group rate of NZ$70.00, which includes a QWU 2011 Programme. Book here.
For other ticket options, see here.
We have great choices for accommodation – check out our hotel deals . If you want to be billeted with local people, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration numbers are running high, weather forecasters tell us the la niña summer will bring warm temperatures – things at the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames are going to sizzle! Sign up now and guarantee your place.
David and Virginia
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011