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Lessons of World Triathlon Championships subject of CCC seminar

22 January 2004

The risks and rewards of running events in public places has been the subject of much discussion in the events industry and media in the last year. The topic is bound to come up next month when Christchurch City Council hosts the latest in its popular series of low-cost seminars aimed at people in the sector.

The 11 February presentation will be made by Arthur Klap, the organiser of last year’s World Triathlon Championships in Queenstown. The championships had a $2.5 million budget, 600 volunteers, 1770 competitors from around the world, an equal number of supporters and team management, full road closures for a total of 24 hours, and six hours of live television coverage.

Mr Klap says he will concentrate on what the event taught him about event management and how that translates to other events -- management systems, personnel management, volunteer management and planning.

Arthur Klap has organised more than 500 events ranging from school holiday programmes and underground skate tours through to the triathlon championships. He comes from a community recreation background and says he is still learning the skills of event management.

Christchurch City Council’s Events Industry Series has previously covered funding and sponsorship, securing central government funding and support and governance.

The CCC is now taking bookings for Mr Klap’s 11 February seminar. It will be at the Millennium hotel from 4- 6pm. The seminar costs $10, students $5. Phone 941 8383. Everyone who's interested is welcome but places are limited.

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