Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019
More and more dragon boats will be in the waters of the Waikato in 2022, with the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC) dragon boating festival is all set to take place in the Lake Karapiro.
“This event will be incredible for not just the region but the whole of the country,” IBCPC worldwide president Meri Gibson said.
She lives in Christchurch. For the event, Meri was the one who made the bid to be hosted in New Zealand.
In the vent, breast cancer survivors will be competing in the country for six days, and no doubt spending longer to see the sights, she said.
Across six continents, visitors will come from about 25 countries that are represented by IBCPC.
“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,” Gibson said.
“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.”
Gibson said she is “absolutely thrilled and very overwhelmed” that the festival will be coming to Mighty River Domain.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism supported Gibson with her pitch. Other events and side trips will revolve around Hamilton, Cambridge and the wider Waikato in timing with the pink ribbon regatta.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson explained that bringing events like the IBCPC Festival to the Waikato has been the major purpose 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,” Dawson said.