43 days to the start of the IXth FINA World Masters Championships

 
Entries are coming in thick and fast and this will make this event by far
the biggest aquatic event ever held in New Zealand.
If you havenít already sent your entry in you need to do it now!
The courier address is:
World Masters Swimming
QE2 Park
Travis Road
Christchurch
New Zealand

Tel.  00 64 3 377 1700

Confirmation of Entries

Letters are being sent to all competitors this week confirming entries and
other details such as tickets to functions purchased.  You are asked to
check this information through and should there be any corrections needed,
send this back by email, fax or letter to:

The Organising Committee
FINA World Swimming Masters Championship
P.O.Box 2951
Christchurch
New Zealand

Fax: 00 64 3 377 1710

For those who entered on-line you can send your details (photo, ID etc ) by
mail with a copy of your confirmation letter to the Organising Committee, or
by email to info@greatevents.co.nz

On-line Registration and emails

Our apologies to those of you who have had your emails returned.  The office
has been inundated with emails, photos, on-line registrations etc to the
extent that our mail box was overflowing several times a day.  We now have
that problem sorted so please bear with us as we work our way through them
all.

Internet

The event website has been visited by close to 3000 users per week in recent
times.  During the event the results will be published within the hour so
people around the world will be able to quickly find your results.  There
will also be photos on the site, of activities in and around the pool.  Two
weeks prior to the event the entire psych sheets will be available on the
site.  During the event, on the Mezzanine Floor at QE2, there will be a
number of computers available for email access.

Shuttle bus

It is our intention to provide a comprehensive shuttle bus service,
servicing the major accommodation areas.  This service will run to the QE2
pool on a regular basis and to achieve this we will need to plan in advance
the likely number of buses required to ensure your needs are met.

If you intend using the shuttle it will help us to meet your needs if we
know this in advance.  You can order this by email or fax.  If we already
have your credit card number we will debit that.

Pre-ordered shuttle bus tickets will be available at the Central Information
Desk at QE2 when you register.

Functions

Both the Taste of New Zealand and the Farewell Dinner have sold very well
and the Taste of New Zealand has to be extended to two nights to enable us
to meet the demand.  This means this function will be held on Sunday 24th
and Monday 25th.  As this was sold on the basis of first come, the later
requests will be invited to transfer to the Monday night or receive a refund
(if paid).

The Farewell Dinner will be a sell out and depending on entries and requests
received over the next few days, it is unlikely that any will be available
for purchase closer to the event.

The water polo function details will be sent directly to the teams entered
and tickets can be purchased at the time of registration

Vegetarian food is available at all the functions.  If you have a special
request in this respect please advise.

Mobile phone in New Zealand

Donít forget the message in the last newsletter - you can pre-book a mobile
phone through Vodaphone Rentals and have your number before you leave home.

Stay in touch ... REDUCE roaming costs - FREE incoming calls if you
Rent a cellular phone whilst in New Zealand.
If you reserve you rental ahead of time
we can issue you with a local number which you can give
to friends and family before you leave home !
Credit card payment, itemised billing, peace of mind
Call email or fax VODAFONE RENTAL NOW !
www.vodarent.co.nz 
Be sure to quote this reference number NBFINAWM when booking your rental
to take advantage of
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FINA World Masters Championships !

Sea Cruises

Sea Cruises were pleased that many people had contacted them about the offer
in the last newsletter - a cruise and dinner on Lyttelton Harbour.  Did you
respond?  You will be able to book this tour and all the others that are
listed in the entry book and the website, at the tour desk during the event.


The Super Centre

This is the Mezzanine floor at QE2 pool.  This is where registration,
information and help desks will operate.  Also, merchandising, massage
services, internet cafe, cafe and bar, medal distribution, engraving
service, meeting point (to meet your friends), spa baths, results area and
any other things we can add to make you stay an enjoyable one.

And there will be a big screen with a live video feed from the 10-lane pool
to ensure you know whatís going on down there!

Power Supply

The power supply in New Zealand is 230 volts.  Overseas competitors who wish
to use their own electrical appliances in New Zealand (computers, hair
dryers etc) may have to purchase an adaptor.  These are readily available.

See you soon


Neil Blanchfield and the team at the FINA World Masters Championships Office


FINA World Masters Swimming
PO Box 2951, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone +64 3 377 1700
Fax +64 3 3771710