Up to 5000 breast cancer paddlers are expected to head to New Zealand for the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC) festival to be held in the Waikato in 2022.
“This will be very big, bigger than big, the expectation is that there could be up to 5000 breast cancer paddlers invading New Zealand to come and compete in this event”, said IBCPC worldwide president Meri Gibson, who is behind the bid to bring the festival to New Zealand.
The regatta will take place at Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, with other events and side trips centred around Hamilton, Cambridge and the wider Waikato region.
“This a massive undertaking, I had to step aside from any involvement in the decision and site assessment process regarding the event venue as I was the sole bidder for New Zealand,” she said.
“I did this on my own with enormous help from Nicola Greenwell of Hamilton and Waikato Tourism, go the Mighty Waikato. Being up against countries from across the globe on various continents made this even more special to win the bid.”
Jason Dawson, CEO Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, said that attracting a major event like the IBCPC Festival to the region during our shoulder season is a key objective of the Regional Major Events Strategy.
“We are proud to bring an inspirational event like the IBCPC festival to Waikato and continue to showcase our region as the home of international sporting events,” he said.
Mystery Creek Events Centre will be one of the main venues for various events associated with the regatta while Orbit World Travel are dealing with the travel and accommodation.