See the video that helped bring the World Champs to
The video below is hosted on YouTube, and it is the video
we played during the ITF Congress to help win our bid
to host the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand.
The video is uploaded with the kind permission of Tourism
New Zealand, and it uses video footage from Tourism New
Zealand, Tourism Auckland, Tourism Auckland and Taekwon-Do
Television. Thank you to these entities for their support.
The video was edited by Carl Matthews, based on a storyboard
by Mark Banicevich.
Thank you to His Worship Dick Hubbard for his time and
assistance, to Jason Allen for filming at Vector Arena,
to Vector Arena for allowing us to film there, and to
Craig Hannah for filming Master Evan Davidson in New Plymouth.
2011 World Championships in New Zealand
On Friday 1 June 2007 at ITF Congress, delegates voted
to accept our bid to host the 2011 ITF Taekwon-Do Senior
and Junior World Championships in New Zealand!
This is a tremendous win for ITFNZ. Over the next four
years we will need the help of many volunteers to make
this happen - if you are interested in helping out, please
contact Mr Herbison,
ITFNZ Development Officer.
The bid team were Carl Matthews and Mark Banicevich.
We would like to express our gratitute to Tourism Auckland
- particularly to Anne Bickers who put the bid document
together for us - Auckland City Council and His Worship
Dick Hubbard, Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Rotorua
for their support and assistance.
We would also like to thank Mr Afi Meleisea and the New
Zealand team and supporters for taking the 200 bid documents
to Quebec for us.
Introducing nine reasons
The 2011 World Championships Bid Team have been working
so hard getting the bid together, that we haven’t
had time to update the webpage.
Now, with nine weeks before the World Championships
in Quebec, it is time for regular updates.
Each week, we will expand on one key reason why you
should come to New Zealand for the World Championships
of a lifetime in 2011!
The last progress update
Well, it is now 21 May, and in four days we leave for
Quebec. There are many more reasons to come to New Zealand,
but not enough weeks to tell you them all!
After over six months of work on this bid, it is crunch
time. Time to see whether the world agrees with us; whether
the 2011 ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships will indeed
be held in New Zealand. The bid document is printed, the
presentation is prepared.
Wish us luck. Keep your eye on the ITFNZ website on the
morning of 2 June, New Zealand time, to learn the result...
The presentation is coming together well. We meet with
Tourism Auckland on Monday 30 April to work on the document
together. We have great photos for the document - photos
of New Zealand from Tourism
New Zealand, photos of Auckland from Tourism
Auckland, and photos of Taekwon-Do from Doug
Another small teaser: here is a photo of Carl Matthews
and Mark Banicevich from the Bid Team with Dick Hubbard,
Mayor of Auckland
City. The photo was taken at Vector Arena.
Our big break came when Graeme Osborne, CEO of Tourism
Auckland, arranged a meeting with Mark Banicevich (V dan,
of the Bid Team), Cameron Parr (Manager Recreation and
Community Services, Auckland City Council), Belinda Leota
(Events Coordinator, Vector Arena) and Heidi Worner (Domestic
and Events Marketing Manager, Tourism Auckland).
With the support of Tourism Auckland, Auckland City
Council and Vector Arena, we made significant progress.
On Wednesday 7 March, Belinda Leota took Mark Banicevich
and Carl Matthews of the Bid Team for a tour of Vector
Arena. What an amazing venue for an ITF World Championships!
Twelve small changing rooms and two large changing rooms
down stairs (the latter suitable for warm-up rooms), separate
areas for competitors and spectators, separate umpires
room with direct access to the arena, media rooms, and
other amazing features. Photos to come in a future update.
Now, with the help of Tourism Auckland, Auckland City
Council and Tourism New Zealand, we will get footage and
photographs to use in our bid document and presentation.
We have access to amazing imagery to show how beautiful
our country is. The best is yet to come!