Top en­durance ath­lete takes up Niue’s ad­ven­ture chal­lenge

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He may never have been there be­fore, but top en­durance ath­lete Nathan Fa’avae is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on new ad­ven­tures in Niue as the tiny na­tion’s am­bas­sador for its triathlon-style Rock­man Series. Nathan has climbed, biked, pad­dled and hiked his way through life and around the planet so far, but he’s never been to ‘The Rock’, a coral atoll in the Pa­cific known for its friendly peo­ple, crys­tal clear wa­ter and end­less av­enues for ad­ven­ture. Nel­son-based Nathan will be in Niue to help and en­cour­age kids be­tween the ages of 7 – 14 years old for the Ju­nior rock­man an­chor cup in april, in­spire adults tak­ing part in the adults Rock­man event in May, and get on his bike for the Ride the Rock cy­cling chal­lenge in June. a semi pro­fes­sional or full time pro­fes­sional ath­lete for 16 years, nathan has rep­re­sented new Zealand at four dif­fer­ent sports and at­tended 12 World Cham­pi­onships over that time, and Niue Tourism is de­lighted to have him as an am­bas­sador. in keep­ing with his life phi­los­o­phy that ‘it’s about the Ad­ven­ture’, Nathan is tak­ing his three chil­dren with him to niue to com­pete in the Ju­nior Rock­man An­chor Cup. “It’s re­ally about get­ting out there and giv­ing it a go, test­ing your­self and liv­ing the most ad­ven­tur­ous life you can. For those who have done triathlon be­fore, and others who are try­ing it out for the first time, it will be a real ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says. the in­au­gu­ral Ju­nior rock­man an­chor cup is a kids triathlon event in Niue on April 20 and 21, with three fun events separated into age groups – 7-10 and 11-14 years old. The 7-10 year olds will com­pete in a 30 me­tre swim and 1km run, while the 1114 year olds will com­pete in a 100 me­ter swim and 2km run. There will be a Ni­uean flare to this kids triathlon with com­peti­tors vers­ing one an­other in co­conut bowl­ing (Olo Fua Niu) and young co­conut javelin throw­ing (Ta tika Pona Niu). The Rock­man is Niue’s com­pet­i­tive triathlon over the course of three days from May 16 to 19. Com­peti­tors will have the op­tion to com­plete in­di­vid­ual events in a 10km run, 30km bike and 1km swim, or a full triathlon one day. Not many can say they have com­peted in a triathlon the length of a coun­try. Nathan Fa’avae and Sea­son One NZ Bach­e­lor Art Green will both take place in Niue’s an­nual cy­cling race, Ride the Rock. The event is spread across two days, from June 6 to 8. The first race con­sists of a rally in five dif­fer­ent stages with the sec­ond a so­cially com­pet­i­tive race over 60km around the en­tire is­land. Seven night pack­ages to ROCK­MAN 2016 are ready to go at Wild­side travel http://www.wild­side­travel.nz/travel/ni­ue­rock­man-triathlon-2016

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