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High performance sport

Waipa is deservedly known as the Home of Champions.

The district has an international reputation for producing, nurturing and retaining world-class sportspeople who choose to live, play, compete, invest and raise families in the district.

Multiple Olympic medallists, world and national champions proudly call Waipa home. The district has more registered high-performance carded athletes than Auckland with Olympic champions a regular sight in local cafes and retail outlets, as well as at school and other events.

Cambridge, one of Waipa’s two main centres, has the highest concentration of domiciled Olympic Gold medallists of any town in the world.

Programmes like ‘Path to Podium’ attract aspiring athletes to the district which offers a supportive, high-performance environment as well as an attractive lifestyle. Those athletes are supported by a growing number of world-class coaches and support staff including sports psychologists, nutrition experts, physiotherapists and more.

The district has invested in outstanding sporting facilities including internationally-ranked equestrian facilities at Kihikihi, a track cycling velodrome in Cambridge, and an international rowing and kayaking course at Lake Karapiro.  

High performance sports organisations including Cycling NZ (track cycling, road cycling, BMX racing and mountain-biking), Rowing NZ, Triathlon NZ, and Canoe NZ are permanently based in the Waipa district.;

As a result, Waipa hosts multiple national and international sporting events throughout the year, offering a plethora of business and investment opportunities. Lake Karapiro hosted the World Rowing Championships in 1952, 1978 and 2010 and the Avantidrome hosted a UCI world cup event in 2015.  In March 2017, Waipa will host rowing and track cycling events for the World Masters Games with more than 3,000 visitors and competitors expected to arrive and stay in the district.

Retailers, specialising in sporting and other goods have identified the Waipa district as an outstanding place to invest.