Meet the team

Meet the Challenge Wanaka Team


Bill Roxburgh

Race Director

Amy Carroll

Commercial Manager
Sarah Searle

Sarah Searle

Volunteers Manager
Janey Labes Covid Manager

Janey Labes

Covid Manager

Amy brings with her over two decades of marketing and events management experience. With a collaborative focus, Amy leads the team in building & maintaining our critical sponsorship, patron, stakeholder and funder relationships. Working with our supporters to develop fun and interactive activations to build on the success of our event.

Armed with a methodical mind and creative approach Amy aligns our sponsor’s marketing, business and community goals with the Challenge Wanaka marketing program and festival delivery.

Outside of Challenge life, I’ll usually be having fun with my family, either in the garden, out on our bike, in the mountains or on the lake. I am passionate about Challenge Wanaka and our wider whanau, if you would like to be part of the festival in any form please get in touch. I love to chat.

Email: [email protected]

Marion Buggins

Marketing and Media Manager

Marion has a passion for sports, media and triathlon. She has taken part in a number of triathlons and running events and loves getting other people involved in sports too!

She has worked in the events industry for over 20 years, predominantly in the UK, but moved over to New Zealand in 2021.

She has been part of the Challenge Wanaka team for just over a year and is yet to see the event happen due to COVID so is really excited for 2023!

Email: [email protected]

The rest of the team

Race Referee – TBC
Admin Manager – Marion Buggins
Challenge Wanaka Secondary Schools & Assistant Race Director – Sally Mann
Junior and Intermediate Manager – Annabel Anderson
Swim Leg Manager – Chris Thornton
Bike Leg Manager – Trev Page
Run Leg Manager – Duane Smith
Comms Manager – Carly Parker
Transition Managers – Greg Cayford & Emily Wilson
Gear Manager – Richard Negus
Volunteers Manager – Sarah Searle
Finish line and Signage Manager – Janey Rae

Our Trustees

The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is a charitable trust whose primary objective is to arrange and provide events and activities having a sporting, recreational and/or social value for the benefit of the citizens of both the Southern Lakes area and the citizens of New Zealand in general.

The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is run by a board of trustees. The current board members:

Jess Garrett (Chairperson)

Julie Aitken (Deputy Chairperson)

Andrew McLeod

Kelly Good

Tony Pfeiffer

Alistair Madill

Penny Batchelor

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

Jess Garret

Jess Garrett