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The task of taking on a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run is daunting in itself, but doing it without the supporters on the sidelines and the teams of ‘volunteers’ who are there directing traffic, assisting in transition, handing out food at aid stations and supporting athletes in recovery would be a much tougher task.

Why we work with volunteers

As a charitable trust, The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is dependent on the goodwill, knowledge, skills and valuable time of volunteers.  One of our key objectives, alongside providing sporting events, is to enable social presence by providing a volunteering programme in the community and inspiring people of all ages and abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.  We feel it is an opportunity to open our doors and increase public awareness of our events and allow the public to contribute.

Through working with volunteers we find we benefit greatly from their inspiring passion and endless multi-tasking abilities and the athletes are able to follow their dreams.  We aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to become part of a team, learn skills, meet others and gain memorable experiences.  Volunteers are the heart and soul of Challenge Wanaka.

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Being part of the Volunteer Crew is both rewarding and motivating. You can…

  • Make a contribution to sport
  • Be part of an event
  • Gain useful experience and job satisfaction
  • Meet new people

Challenge Wanaka is a non-profit organisation run by a volunteer board of trustees. The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust’s purpose is to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, play an instrumental part in growing the sport of triathlon in New Zealand and to deliver an event to the benefit of the local community, both socially and economically. None of this would be achievable without the mammoth effort from all our 650 volunteers. As well as needing support on race day, the Challenge Wanaka team also need the assistance of dedicated individuals to help in the lead up and post event. Some of these tasks include:

  • Making up of registration packs
  • Helping at registration
  • Infrastructure build-up and breakdown
  • Venue set up and breakdown
  • Setting up of aid stations
  • Clear-up and rubbish collection

As a volunteer you will be asked to perform a duty (or duties) as part of a team. This may be one shift, or split with a break in between but don’t worry, we will provide you with food and drink. Briefing times will be confirmed as volunteers are allocated to roles accordingly. At the end of the event, we hold a big thank you party for all our volunteers to celebrate your achievements and what you have helped deliver for our community. The pro athletes come as well to tell you their stories of race day and how you helped them on their journey.

Any questions please email Sarah by clicking here


Volunteer Briefing

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 5.30pm

A full volunteer briefing will take place on Tuesday 11th Feb at 5.30pm in the Race Central Marquee in Pembroke Park. Pop into the marquee anytime from 2pm to collect your volunteer pack, job descriptions, t-shirt, wrist band and more. Briefing will start at 5.30pm with an overview, radio protocol, emergency procedures and introduction the the team. You’ll then split into departments and meet your leg director who will give specific info and a chance for you to ask questions.

Thank you in advance for your help – Challenge Wanaka wouldn’t be the success it is without you.

Volunteer Traffic Management Briefing

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 5.30pm

Trev from Southern Safety will be running this workshop to help give road marshal volunteers the skills and confidence needed for safe traffic management on course. There will be time to meet with your team if in a same area and to pull on past experience of specific areas. This is not compulsory but we highly recommend and encourage all those involved in a road marshal role to attend.

Volunteer Thank you Dinner

Sunday 16 February 2020, 5.00pm

It’s party time in the race central marquee. All volunteers are invited to a delicious dinner at the Volunteer Thank You Party.  Be in to win lots of prizes donated by local businesses to say a massive thank you for your hard work. Come and join at 5.00pm.

Adopt an Aid Station

Aid stations are an athlete’s lifeline, an oasis on their marathon journey. It’s where they get water and food to fuel them towards the finish line. Challenge Wanaka is offering locals/supporters/companies the opportunity to adopt an aid station. Local non-profit organisations can use it as a fundraising opportunity or to raise awareness of their cause, businesses can use it as a team building exercise for their staff and/or brand awareness or a bunch of friends can use it as a fun day out. Dress up, theme it, name it, bring lots of energy and a smile. Each aid station needs six people – there’s no maximum age but there is a minimum age limit of 10 (18 on the bike course and aid stations situated on roads). All you need to do is contact the office by clicking here – as easy as that!

Charity Donations

Thank you to the Lake Wanaka community for all its support

Each year, Challenge Wanaka makes donations to local causes as part of its volunteer programme. It’s our way of saying thank you to the Lake Wanaka community for all its support.

Our official charity is Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

Below are some of the organisations that have benefited from Challenge Wanaka (click the links to find out more)

Huge thanks to everyone for your support over the years.