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9 July 2024

Gallagher Insurance becomes the new naming sponsor of Challenge Wānaka

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Challenge Wānaka Sports Trust as the Challenge Wānaka Festival of Triathlon’s naming sponsor, after a long history of supporting as a volunteer sponsor.

The festival’s schedule will run from the 13th to the 15th of February 2025 and will feature events for preschoolers through to elite athletes, ending with the iconic Challenge Wānaka Half (middle distance triathlon).

Jane Sharman, Challenge Wānaka Event Director and Branch Manager – Southern Lakes, Sandy MacLeod

Sandy MacLeod, Southern Lakes Branch Manager said, “We’re thrilled to be taking our partnership with Challenge Wānaka to the next level by becoming the naming sponsor of this incredible event.

“Our association with Challenge Wānaka demonstrates Gallagher’s ongoing commitment to supporting initiatives that stimulate local communities. Challenge Wānaka not only showcases the incredible athleticism and determination of its participants, but it also fosters a sense of community and support for local businesses.

“This partnership represents our unwavering commitment to initiatives that make a positive impact, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this extraordinary journey,” commented Sandy MacLeod.

Alongside our partnership, the Trust announced the festival will be returning to Wānaka’s Pembroke Park for the first time since 2020.

“Gallagher Insurance’s three-year partnership as naming sponsor not only signifies their support for the event, but also reflects our shared values and dedication to supporting the local community.

“We look forward to collaborating with Gallagher Insurance to elevate the festival to new heights and we are poised to write the exciting next chapter for the Gallagher Insurance Challenge Wānaka Festival of Triathlon, leading up to its 20th anniversary in 2026,” said Event Director Jane Sharman.

At Gallagher Insurance, we are committed to giving back to the local communities that have supported us over the last 45 years. We have a long history of supporting New Zealand charities, such as Save the Kiwi and Trees for Survival, and sporting events, such as the New Zealand Open and the NZ Provincial Rugby Union Group. We look forward to supporting Challenge Wānaka in the coming years.