Waterford men prepare for Traverse
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.
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.