New chapter for Games

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Who didn’t know the Winter Games are about to start? Philip Chandler discusses the 16-day, $3.5 million event with new boss Marty Toomey, and asks what going annual will do for the Games.

With little fanfare, the internationally-recognised Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ brings up an important milestone tomorrow.

The brainchild of Queenstowner Sir Eion Edgar, the local- and Wanaka-based Games have been held every two years since 2009.

But now they’ve gone annual.

And though new chief executive Marty Toomey admits these Games, running till September 8, have flown under the radar, he’s adamant that holding them every year will only lift their profile.

One reason for their lower profile in Queenstown this year is that the opening ceremony, traditionally held at Coronet Peak skifield, is going to be in Wanaka instead.

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