Festival of Sport:

Cancelled due to
unforeseen circumstances.

Thanks to everyone to supported
this amazing venture.

Event Cancelled

Sadly this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Thanks to everyone who supported this amazing venture.

Featuring: The Gumboot Friday Concert, The Rod Dixon Celebration Dinner, The Feelers and the NZ National Cross-fit Championships 

The aim of the Cambridge Festival is to inspire and motivate people of all ages through activity and music. 

It is also an opportunity for local organisations/schools to promote what they do to a wider group. We are honouring a great New Zealander in Rod Dixon and working with another great Kiwi in bringing his message of hope for the mental health of young people and adults.


See The Feelers, Mike King, Jason Kerrison and more.


All ages . Alcohol-free event

Special Dinner Event:
Thursday 23rd November at Tieke Golf Estate
MC: Dom Harvey

Honouring Rod Dixon

Rodney Dixon is an extraordinary human being. As a good-looking (1970s style) 21 year-old from the top of the South Island Rod followed in the tradition of Lovelock, Snell, and Davies by medaling in the men’s Olympic 1500m in Munich in 1972. Sir John Walker and Nick Willis have followed that great tradition of course.

We gather at Tieke Golf Estate to celebrate 40 years of incredible determination by Rod since his New York Marathon.

Mike King's
Gumboot Friday Concert

Saturday 25th November

Featuring: The Feelers

Jason Kerrison, DJ - Dujon Cullingford and Pineja

NZ Nationals

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 

An action-packed weekend for fitness enthusiasts and competitors alike. Individuals from across New Zealand have been put through an online qualifying event, this weekend will see those top-placed individuals come together in person at the Velodrome, where they will be put through a number of challenging tests in pursuit of being crowned "The Fittest in New Zealand ''.

From Elites and Teens right through to Masters over the age of 50. This is an event that has something for everyone!

We're excited to showcase these great sports too

There will be something for everyone at the inaugural Cambridge Festival of Sport - 23-25th November. The aim is to inspire - and what better way than being able to 'try' against a 'pro' - while supporting  Mike King's I Am Hope charity - a win for mental health of young people and adults.

Pool Party and Swimming

Perry Aquatic Centre

Split Triathlon

Venue to be Confirmed

NZ Nationals

(Cross-Fit) at the Velodrome

Rowing Erg-off

Hautapu Sports Club

Hole-in-one Golf

Hautapu Sports Club with Tieke Golf Estate

Goal Kicking Champs

Hautapu Sports Club


Cambridge Raceway


1km on a car free road circuit at the Cambridge Raceway


Anywhere in NZ 
(including Lake Taupo)


2.6km Road circuit through the streets of Cambridge

Trout Fishing

Where there's water!
Info coming soon

Our Spokes-people:

Máhe  and Juliette Drysdale

With no introduction needed, we're stoked to have Máhe and Juliette as our spokespersons for the Cambridge Festival of Sport.
With illustrious professional rowing careers behind them, we couldn't think of two greater people to showcase this event, as both are passionate about sport and the Cambridge community.
Olympic medallists, Máhe and Juliette have rowed at regattas around the world as well as nationally - and have a haul of well-deserved medals.
Both retired now, but still living in Cambridge with their young family, Máhe and Juliette are excited about the opportunities the inaugural Cambridge Festival of Sport brings to locals and visitors alike.

Proud to support 
I Am Hope Charity

I AM HOPE has one goal - positive societal attitudinal change. We know our youth struggle with distressing self-talk and overthinking, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. When we show them these thoughts are universal, we can give our kids a better life.

I Am Hope, through Gumboot Friday provides FREE and timely counselling for young people across Aotearoa on their mental health journey.

Since its inception, Gumboot Friday has spent over 3 million dollars on counseling for over 10,000 rangatahi, and it’s only getting bigger.

Our dream is that one day soon any child in New Zealand can quickly get the help they want when they need it - no questions asked.

Alwyn Poole - Organiser

Alwyn Poole - Organiser

A lover of education, sport, and music and lives in Cambridge - Alwyn is the driving force behind the Cambridge Festival of Sport - to be held in Cambridge on 23-26 November 2023.
An event where People verse the Pros, this is an event for everyone - young and old, abled and disabled.
No stranger to sports, Alwyn has coached high-level sports and has been accredited as being well-organised, motivated, and is always passionate about education and the opportunities for young people.
With a belief that sport has the capacity to enhance personal development as well as academic progress - the results Alwyn has produced have demonstratively changed lives for the better. 


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