Six Christchurch secondary school pupils have the opportunity to compete in the Tough Mudder event alongside McCaw in Auckland in November, thanks to iSport Foundation and Coast to Coast Rangers.
Linwood College pupils Mapu Uasi, Moahengi Ngauamo, Juilan Elia-Lui, Tupito Saofai and Kyle Matthew Amer, and Middleton Grange’s Luke Russell will all do the 20km Tough Mudder this November, which is designed to test physical strength, stamina and mental grit.
ISport Foundation, which McCaw and former All Blacks Dan Carter and Ali Williams founded in 2009, will cover the boys’ entry fees, while De Bont is busy training the group and fundraising to help get them to Auckland.
”They were jumping around and yahooing and high-fiving and couldn’t contain their excitement,” Jess De Bont, who helped found Coast to Coast Rangers, said of the boys’ reaction when they found out they would be competing in the event.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for them – once in a lifetime stuff,” she said. “They are all from the east side of Christchurch, which is still pretty broken.
“I just absolutely love it,” she said when asked what motivates her to help the pupils. “It’s just my passion . . . I come from a privileged background so it’s really nice to be in a position to give back. That’s all it is, really. It makes me tick.”