Fundraising mission ahead of worlds
By SVEN HERSELMAN Reaching the level of elite athlete is difficult enough, but what many don’t take into account is the amount of work which goes in outside of regular training to make sure the funds are there too.
Top Marlborough rower Nadja Hyson is learning all about this as she and her family work towards the $6000 goal to get her to the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in Germany in August. ‘‘I’m totally new to fundraising so I knew nothing about it. I’ve been talking to a lot of experienced people, like the parents of other rowers – I’ve found it really interesting,’’ she says.
Nadja headed off to the New Zealand rowing team training camp at Lake Karapiro last week, but will be keeping her finger on the pulse of her fundraising campaign inbetween her training. Her parents have gotten on board and the three of them have taken a twin-pronged approach of modern and traditional techniques.
‘‘ We have a givealittle fundraising page, which has been really good. People have been very generous. I’ve also been doing a lot on social media like Facebook, although my audience there are mostly students who don’t have any money. But they have been giving a bit anyway which is great to know that they are supporting me,’’ Nadja says.
Her mum Fiona has been doing things old school – baking goodies to take to work three times a week. Nadja helps out in-between her training too of course. They have also been reaching out to businesses for sponsorship.
‘‘ We have just been blown away by how people have been so generous, even from people who are just acquaintances,’’ Fiona says. A fundraising dinner was considered, but because Nadja wouldn’t be able to attend it as she would be away training, the idea had to cancelled.
With just over a month-and-ahalf until she is due to leave for the contest, on July 28, Nadja is around halfway to her goal and hopeful she’ll reach it.
In the meantime she is training hard. ‘‘I’m really looking forward to getting some solid training in with the three girls I’ll be rowing with in the quadruple sculls. They are really fierce competitors,’’ Nadja says.
In between all her rowing she has also found the time to study for a certificate in applied writing through the Waiariki Institute of Technology. ‘‘ It’s really just to keep my brain fit before I go to uni next year,’’ she says.
To help Nadja out visit givealittle.co.nz and search ‘‘Nadja Hyson’’.