Water­ford men pre­pare for Tra­verse

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Water­ford Se­cu­rity em­ploy­ees say they work hard and play hard and want to be some­where near the win­ners’ cir­cle on April 6.

Their prepa­ra­tion for the Porirua Grand Tra­verse is well un­der way and the Welling­ton­based com­pany — which has con­tracts in Porirua — has six mem­bers tak­ing part in the mul­ti­sport event.

David McKnight said en­ter­ing events such as Crazy­man, Wellington Triathlon and the Tra­verse was great for team bond­ing.

‘‘ Our work en­vi­ron­ment is de­mand­ing, but we also play hard.

‘‘Hav­ing guys get to­gether for sport out­side work cre­ates ca­ma­raderie and you rely on each other to suc­ceed and get re­spect for one another.

‘‘Our bosses are very en­cour­ag­ing when it comes to keep­ing fit, be­cause they know that trans­lates well into your work­ing life.’’

Water­ford will have three teams in the Wellington Triathlon next month, and two in the Tra­verse. Each team mem­ber will take a stage in ei­ther the waka, moun­tain­bike or run legs.

Mr McKnight said there would be rivalry be­tween the two teams, and they wanted to show off the Water­ford name by fin­ish­ing higher than other cor­po­rate teams.

‘‘We’ll def­i­nitely be keep­ing an eye on the other Water­ford team’s time, but of course we will be cheer­ing them on as well.’’

He and Gra­ham Daniel reg­u­larly pad­dle in Porirua Har­bour and said the Tra­verse was an event wor­thy of the re­gion’s sports cal­en­dar.

‘‘It could be the best in Wellington be­cause of the de­sign of the course.

‘‘Hav­ing the start and fin­ish of ev­ery leg based at Whi­tireia [ Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic] is bril­liant,’’ Mr Daniel said.

‘‘The scenery is fan­tas­tic and varied.’’

Next year Water­ford hoped to en­ter four teams, Mr McKnight said.

To get your work team reg­is­tered, go to pgt.org.nz.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Gear­ing up: From left, Phillip King, Gra­ham Daniel and David McKnight will be joined by Ben John­son, Matt Gib­bons and Chris Pennington in the Porirua Grand Tra­verse in April.

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