This weekend, a team of six athletes from New Zealand will compete in the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships!
The Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) take place October 19-21 in London, England.
The New Zealand Black Warriors team consists of Scotty Thornton, Caleb Scowen, Kevin Ford, Tash Knight, Anna Sewell and Jimmy Sewell.
Kevin’s sister Wendy Jansen, originally from nelson, will also be at the event representing Australia.
The OCRWCs are the independent global championships for the sport of OCR. 6000 competitors from 67 countries will tackle the challenge!
Each of the World Championship athletes will start their races with a wristband, and if they fail to successfully complete an obstacle their wristband gets cut, which means they are unable to record a registered time.
They will each compete in different events, with Kevin taking on the 3km, 15km, 7km team event and the 7km charity event. “It’s going to be a lot more intense, the obstacles are bigger, the courses are further, it’s going to be a whole different experience. I never thought I’d ever be able to get there realistically.”
Kevin says his aim is always first and foremost to finish a race. “Secondly, I try not to be last, but with this one I will be trying to keep my band as well. I just really want to do my best for New Zealand, for Nelson, for my friends and family and for myself.”
Caleb Scowen says it was his sister Tash, the third Nelson team member, who first talked him into doing the Wairua Challenge in 2016. “From there I just got the itch I suppose, it’s the personal challenge I guess, and you just get addicted is probably the best word.”
Kevin is so passionate about the fastest growing sport in the world that he has turned his backyard into his own personal ‘playground’. His backyard is a self-built obstacle course that he opens to friends and team members to “come and have a play on” and includes a 14-foot curve wall, swinging climbing walls and various other obstacles.
The team are currently fundraising on Givealittle. The flights, accommodation, entry fees, and sundry costs are approximately $4,000 each. If you’d like to be an integral part of their journey you’d not only be helping these amazing athletes achieve their dream, you’re also helping put Nelson and New Zealand on the Map.
Obstacle Racers NZ would like to wish the best of luck to the NZ Black Warriors on October 19-21 in London, England!