The 2018 Wairua Warrior, Stuff reports, saw 500 competitors push themselves over 6km or 12km , through the varied terrain of Happy Valley Adventures. Individuals and teams competed against all fitness levels, including a competitor from TVNZ’s Australian Spartan, people with prosthetic legs, stroke victims, gym enthusiasts and those in it for a bit of fun.
David Trotter suffers daily epileptic seizures, struggles to lift himself out of bed and gets around in a wheelchair.
But he doesn’t let those obstacles get in the way of taking part in a rugged event full of obstacles, Nelson’s Wairua Warrior.
For the third year in a row, David lined up with other competitors at Happy Valley Adventures on Saturday to take on the test of strength, endurance, and mental attitude. The course includes balance beams, sand bag carries, barbed wire crawling and wall climbs.
To most able-bodied people, it’s a hard slog.
David was in an accident in 1989 when he was 17, which left him with a brain injury, wheelchair bound and partly paralysed down his right side.
His mum, Barbara Trotter said his determination to participate was sparked four years ago when he was on the sideline at the event.
For ORNZ’s story on David’s first year in the Wairua Warrior see here.
Event Director Greg Witika said the Wairua Warrior course was used as “a metaphor for life”.
“We face obstacles day in day out, a lot of them are emotional, they don’t have to be physical, but the way we deal with them is the same. We need to stop, we need to take a breath and we need to take a step back and take a look at everything.”