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Hi and kia ora!Welcome to the May newsletter of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames.
You'll be able to register for the Outgames sports events and conference on our website in just a couple of weeks, from June 12!
There are two parts to it. First up, there's a registration fee. This gives you a number of benefits, including a welcome pack, and entry to our Opening Ceremony at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. This is a very special event when all the participants from the different countries come together for the first time, are formally welcomed, and then get to meet each other over refreshments. (If you want to be a supporter and spectator and attend the Opening Ceremony, but you don't want to enter a sports event, you just pay the registration fee.)
The second part of registering is for your sports event or the conference. The fee here reflects the costs and time involved in your chosen activity. So signing up for running - an outdoor event held over just one morning - is cheaper than signing up for tennis, where you could be playing in our tennis centre for 3 days.
And, yes, there are "earlybird" specials. By registering early you can make big savings!
Here are just a few of the benefits you'll get from signing up early:
· you'll save cash - depending on your sport, you can save $20, $30 or even $50 (and conference participants can save even more)
· you'll be in with a chance to win a luxury weekend for 2 in Hamurana Lodge, Rotorua
· you'll be guaranteed preferential purchase rights as tickets for several other Outgames events become available, including the incredible party on the Outgames final night, the leather and uniform party, and the fabulous show Queen of the Whole Universe
Come out and join us for registration launch celebrations in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The event in each city is slightly different. In Auckland it's at the 5-star Hilton Hotel on the waterfront; in Wellington, we're off to the plush Council Chambers; in Christchurch you'll be refreshed and entertained; in Melbourne you can enjoy watching some great volleyball; in Brisbane you can meet us at a Pride week event on Friday June 11, or at the Fair at Musgrave Park the next day.
We're delighted that we've secured every venue and location we wanted for the Outgames. The diving takes place in exactly the same pool where the FINA Diving World Cup was held a while back; the mountain bike route takes in part of the track used for world championships; and tennis is at the Renouf Tennis Centre, where Davis Cup and Federation Cup matches have been held. Dance sport takes place in our grand town hall in the heart of the city. Details of the venues are on the relevant Outgames sports webpages.
While the venues are top-notch, the Outgames isn't just about big guns battling it out. There is something for everyone. There are divisions for social players in sports such as ten pin bowling and squash; you can enter the running or swimming competitions even if you've never competed in those sports before. It's about setting yourself some goals and challenges - and of course enjoying an amazing 8 days when you get to meet, play and party with people from countries all over Asia and the Pacific!
We also encourage you to support other participants by cheering them on!
Watch out for special accommodation offers on our website in coming weeks. We've negotiated discounts for Outgames visitors at five city hotels that will save you a hundred dollars or more during your time here. And of course the city has a wide range of other accommodation options for you.
Look forward to seeing you at the Outgames!
David and Virginia
2nd AsiaPacific Outgames
12-19 March 2011
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