“Numbers are running ahead of our forecasts,” says Registrations Convenor Peter Gordon.
For some sports up to half of the final expected numbers have already been achieved, with four and a half months still to go.
Sports such as running and triathlon have no upper limit on numbers. For other sports, there is a maximum number that can be accepted for the competition to be completed, and medal winners decided, within the number of days allotted. Once this maximum number is reached, no further registrations will be accepted for that sport.
Swimming, ten pin bowling and running remain the most popular sports, but there are also strong numbers for dancesport and lawn bowls. Volleyball and field hockey are the team sports with the largest registrations. Over half of the people signing up come from outside New Zealand.
Sunday, October 31 is the last day the cheaper fees are available for Outgames registration and for the sports events.
The Outgames conference fees have a later earlybird cut-off date of 30 November, because the full conference programme has not yet been announced. Conference goers can still save money by signing up for the basic registration fee before 31 October.
The Outgames takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, 12–19 March 2011. You can register at www.wellingtonoutgames.com.