The New Zealand Winter Games has been selected for two of the country's highest sporting honours at the 2014 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards.
The games, which were regarded as one of the world's top five snow sports events, have been selected as a finalist in Event Excellence and Commercial Partnership in conjunction with Audi NZ.
Sport Southland was also named as a finalist in the Commercial Partnership section with the Bank of New Zealand.
Other categories at the awards include Communication Excellence, Community Impact and Innovation Excellence as well as lifetime achievement and leadership awards.
Games chief executive Arthur Klap said it was a tremendous recognition of the efforts of everyone involved in last year's third biennial event.
"The games is an extremely ambitious project and we set high standards so to be a finalist in two categories shows that we are on track to becoming world leading in winter sports.
"This is a real boost for all concerned as we focus on our planning for the games in 2015 and 2017," Mr Klap said.
In its post-event report released in December, Winter Games NZ announced a net financial benefit to New Zealand of $7.8 million and a return on investment ratio for the Government of 1:7.8.
This meant for every dollar invested by the Government, the return was $7.80.
The games were held between August 15-25 last year at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Farm, in Wanaka, and the Maniototo International Curling Rink.
Many more will compete in the Winter Paralympic Games. special awards night will be held in Christchurch on April 14 to announce the winners.
- Fairfax Media