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Rugby Takes on Adventure Racing to Help Cure Kids

News Release / 28.01.2015See All Event Posts Follow Event
The Cure Kids Team for Godzone
The Cure Kids Team for Godzone

GODZone is considered one of the toughest, most demanding adventure races in the world but the Cure Kids team put together by the New Zealand Rugby Players Association (NZRPA) and global logistics company Mondiale, isn’t daunted.

Chief Executive of the NZRPA Rob Nichol, former All Black Ian Jones, former Blues player Ben Meyer and experienced adventure racer Sia Svendsen say teamwork and the Cure Kids ambassadors who are supporting them will keep them going even when the going gets tough.

Taking on a challenge like GODZone for the first time, Ian Jones says "This is about something bigger than ourselves. The challenges we will face over seven days are nothing compared to what the Cure Kids ambassadors and their families face everyday."

The adventure race will be held in and around the Lake Wanaka region from 27 February to 7 March 2015 with 55 local and international teams competing.

This is the fourth chapter of GODZone and it sold out in 48 hours. The event spans approximately 550 km and ascends upwards of 8,000 - 10,000 meters with teams racing non-stop for up to seven days in almost untouched terrain as they kayak, trek, mountain bike and navigate their way through the highly challenging course.

The course is kept secret until the final few hours before the start. Tens of thousands of viewers from around the world follow the mixed sex teams who can be tracked 24 hours a day.

Rob Nichol says they will be more team focused than traditional adventure teams "You support your mates in a rugby environment rather than looking inward. It’s a really good way to cope with the pressure. When we’re cold, hungry and tired it will be easier to focus on helping the kids. "

"Cure Kids is funding a new programme of research into child and adolescent mental health. Mental health is a key part of a person’s mental and physical well being and performance, and therefore an athlete’s."

"In professional rugby we’ve put significant focus on this. We want to lead the way internationally in not only supporting the mental health and well being of our people, but on how we support them to develop their mental fitness, toughness and resilience."

"In our minds this better equips any of us to deal with the tough times and pressure scenarios we all encounter in life, athletes’ and young people included", says Nichol.

Ian Jones says "being a dad and having spent time with the Cure Kids ambassadors definitely adds to the motivation. It’s not going to be all roses. At some point we’re going to be in a whole world of pain but we understand and accept that and we can talk about it."

Cure Kids have also recently been announced as the recipient charity for GODZone.

The young Cure Kids ambassadors and those who are supporting the team will be able to follow the minute by minute live news and leaderboard updates and move between map view, terrain view, google earth and watch in 3D.

Vicki Lee, CEO of Cure Kids says "It’s always humbling when people are prepared to put their body on the line to stretch their limits both physically and mentally for our cause. The money they raise will be directed to improving the health of our Kiwi kids through research."

Cure Kids is the official charity of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby and funds research into better treatments for a wide range of childhood illnesses, while working towards the ultimate goal, the cure.

These illnesses include cot death (SUDI), stillbirth, leukaemia, rheumatic heart disease, asthma, inherited heart conditions and mental health conditions, among others.



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