Thank you from the Challenge Wanaka Charitable Board!

Thank you from the Challenge Wanaka Charitable Board!

We are excited to announce our new Chairperson of the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust, Julie Aitken. Julie held the position of Commercial Manager on the Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team, before moving onto the Board last year. Julie is an avid multi sporter and triathlete. When she is not volunteering her time, she is Senior Associate and Legal Innovation Lead at Aspiring Law.

Julie is leading a strategic review of our purpose and just chaired her first AGM for the Trust.

“It is an exciting time to take on the role of chair for the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust. Although somewhat daunting, with big shoes to fill of the previous chair, Tom Pryde, I have the support and privilege to work with a committed group of trustees who are passionate about the purpose of the Trust. Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka festival in Wanaka has evolved into an event that caters for the little athletes through to our competitive age groupers and pros. The growing popularity of our adaptive event has given the board the opportunity to reflect on its purpose of providing events that cater to all abilities and our role in providing positive experiences for all those that participate, whether as an athlete, volunteer, fund raising organisation, supporter, local business and the community. The board is very mindful of its role in reducing barriers to ensure inclusion and ability to participate, compete or excel in activities that promote social connection and contribute to physical and social wellbeing. This focus saw us introduce the social triathlon, standalone swim event and multi sport event.

“It is hard to articulate the contribution of Tom Pryde, the founding Chair for the Trust who retired in May 2021. I have asked Alistair Madill, another founding member of the Trust to comment:

“Tom Pryde took the reigns as Chairman of the Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust from its 2009 inception until his retirement in May 2021. During that time, the CW Festival has grown into a premier world Triathlon event, along with many successful satellite events. Tom’s experience, deep knowledge of all things triathlon, and skilled leadership enabled the event to thrive and flourish, despite many headwinds, not least COVID-19. He has left the Trust in fine fettle, ready to forge ahead into its next period of development.

“Together with our management team and the many volunteers we hope the Trust can continue to provide a pinnacle festival of triathlon that provides opportunities for all.”

If you would like to read the Chairperson’s report please find it here.


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