Fundrais­ing mis­sion ahead of worlds

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

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’’.

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