Cou­ple Fiord­land-bound for GOD­Zone

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Ad­ven­ture and mul­ti­sport cou­ple, Nathan and Jodie Fa’avae, are bring­ing their com­bined pas­sion for ad­ven­ture sports and the greater out­doors to Fiord­land for GOD­Zone.

The ad­ven­ture savvy pair have an­nounced they will be rac­ing to­gether at Chap­ter 7 in Fiord­land un­der the Sea­gate ban­ner with two other team-mates still to be con­firmed.

Jodie Fa’avae says com­pet­ing at GOD­Zone is a bucket list wish for her and she’s thrilled to be rac­ing along­side her ad­ven­ture rac­ing cham­pion part­ner.

‘‘I have al­ways wanted to race at the event with Nathan, but we just haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity with a busy family life,’’ she said.

‘‘Our kids are now 10, 12 and 14 so it’s go­ing to be eas­ier to man­age.’’

‘‘The other hook was Fiord­land as the race lo­ca­tion - it’s go­ing to be a re­ally awe­some ad­ven­ture in that area of the world.’’

As the cre­ator of the world’s best ad­ven­ture rac­ing squad, Sea­gate, Nathan Fa’avae has dom­i­nated the world ad­ven­ture rac­ing scene for the past 20 years.

Jodie Fa’avae her­self is a seven-time New Zealand na­tional down­hill moun­tain bik­ing cham- pion from 1992 to 1997 and a long­est day Coast-to-Coast com­peti­tor.

She says hus­band Nathan is the per­fect per­son to com­pete along­side for a first time GOD­Zone ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Hav­ing Nathan in your team makes all the dif­fer­ence. You know your go­ing to go in a straight line, he’s go­ing to have a clear strat­egy around when to eat and when to sleep and he might even carry your pack from time to time,’’ she said.

‘‘You want to avoid those rookie mis­takes and Nathan’s so ex­pe­ri­enced we will be one step ahead from the get go. He is re­ally good at ad­just­ing his ex­pec­ta­tions to those of the team and do­ing his best by them, sup­port­ing ev­ery­one to move for­ward and race ef­fi­ciently.’’

The pro­fes­sional ad­ven­ture cou­ple have worked in the out­doors for many years run­ning mul­ti­sport events, including the hugely suc­cess­ful T7 Spring Chal­lenge se­ries for women.

Nathan is highly sought after on the pro­fes­sional speak­ing cir­cuit and has re­cently had an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy pub­lished on his ad­ven­tur­ous life.

Chap­ter 7 of GOD­Zone will be held in Fiord­land from March 1 to 10 next year.

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Nathan and Jodie Fa’avae will com­pete for Sea­gate at GOD­Zone Chap­ter 7 in Fiord­land.

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