Floortje’s train­ing for world champs

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT - MAR­JORIE COOK

There’s a good rea­son why Wanaka ad­ven­ture racer Floortje Grim­mett never ac­cepts a team leader po­si­tion: ‘‘I will al­ways blame the map’’.

‘‘Never go with me be­cause I will get lost. This is a disad­van­tage. You will go the wrong way and end up bush bash­ing and get­ting scars,’’ she laughed.

Grim­mett and her Tiki Tour team mates Mike Kelly and broth­ers Tom and Ge­orge Lu­cas, of Queen­stown, won the 2017 GodZone Ad­ven­ture Race in Fe­bru­ary.

Tiki Tour is now pre­par­ing for the World Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships in Wy­oming in Au­gust, which Grim­mett says will be her ‘‘first and only’’ world cham­pi­onships.

She re­gards mul­tisport as a ’’hobby’’ and has turned to her friend Joanna Wil­liams, also of Wanaka, for in­spi­ra­tion.

Wil­liams will race in Wy­oming with Team Sea­gate, with whom she won the world ti­tle in Aus­tralia last year.

‘‘Jo Wil­liams is my mo­ti­va­tor, no mat­ter what, I look up to her. All I have learned, how far I have come, is all from her,’’ Grim­mett said.

Grim­mett, 39, is mum to Ella, 14 and Liam, 8, works along­side her hus­band Dar­ren Grim­mett at Wanaka’s Out­side Sports store, and is adamant fam­ily comes first.

‘‘I don’t race overseas be­cause it is not my bread­win­ning thing. I would be home­sick as soon as I am at the air­port. But I will re­gret it if I don’t go. This is my one-off,’’ she said.

Grim­mett was born in a farm vil­lage called Beek­ber­gen (roughly trans­lated, Creek Moun­tain), in the flat mid-east of The Nether­lands, and set­tled in Wanaka in 2000.

She en­joys moun­tain run­ning and deer hunt­ing and in 2013 de­cided to give the GodZone a crack with the Moahunters, fin­ish­ing sixth.

Wil­liams in­tro­duced Grim­mett to Tiki Tour, with whom she raced the 2015 GodZone to third place, be­hind world-ranked teams Sea­gate and Columbia Vi­daraid.

’’I was wrecked af­ter 2015 so I took a year off and I am pleased with the results,’’ she said.

Grim­mett al­most gave up but changed her attitude and only trained for cof­fees, pies and fun.

The boys also learned to ‘‘look af­ter the girl,’’ she said.

‘‘We don’t have ego. We just all be­lieved and went for it,’’ she said.


Tom and Ge­orge Lu­cas, Floortje Grim­mett and Mike Kelly.

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