Irene Schori, SUI
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Lake Wanaka, 18 March 2013 – The third Winter Games NZ will feature no less than seven World Cup events plus an elite international curling tournament as the world's best snow sports athletes head to New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps from 15-25 August.

One of the top five winter sports events in the world, this year's Games is once again essential Olympic preparation for many international teams as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Naseby, 10 Feb 2013 – On behalf of the New Zealand Curling Association and all curlers in New Zealand, I would like to invite international teams to come to the southern hemisphere and enjoy curling both indoors at our international rink in Naseby and outside on the natural ice and artificial ice in this area.

This is the third time we have hosted the NZ Winter Games. We are a small nation and our curling population is keen to host you. If you would like to experience Traditional Curling on natural ice, the best time of year for this is July and we would be happy to host teams before the Winter Games in August.

Central Otago and especially Naseby is the heart of New Zealand curling; we look forward to meeting you on ice.

James Hazlett
New Zealand Curling Association
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Schedule (as at 31 July) : Maniototo Curling International rink, Naseby
 Thu 15 Aug  Winter Games NZ Opening Ceremony – Queenstown
Sat 17 Aug  10:00am – Official Team Practice Day
 6:00pm – On-Ice Opening Ceremony, followed by Welcome
 Function for visiting teams 
Sun 18 Aug  8:00am – Round Robin : Mixed Doubles, Men's Fours  
Mon 19 Aug  9:00am – Round Robin
Tue 20 Aug  8:00am – Round Robin
  Wed 21 Aug  9:00am – Round Robin
Thu 22 Aug  8:00am – Round Robin, Tiebreakers (if required)
Fri 23 Aug  8:00am – Semi-Finals
 3:30pm – Finals, Medal Presentations and Closing Ceremony
 Evening – Farewell Dinner 
Sun 25 Aug  Winter Games NZ Closing Ceremony – Wanaka

First held in 2009, the Winter Games NZ is an elite, international winter sports competition, owned and run by the Winter Games New Zealand Trust with the support of the New Zealand Government, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Sport NZ. The Winter Games NZ in 2009 and 2011 were highly successful and established the Winter Games as a major event in the world of winter sports.

Of course there is much more to Winter Games NZ 2013 than just the curling competition at Naseby's MCI rink. The headline ski and snowboard events will be hosted at Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Snow Park, Wanaka and Snow Farm. The Winter Games snow sports hold a special status as one of the few elite sports events in the world where the able-bodied and the disabled compete alongside each other.

Winter Games NZ website

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