En­durance ath­lete takes up NIUE ADVENTURE

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He may never have been there be­fore, but top en­durance ath­lete Nathan Fa’avae is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on new ad­ven­tures in Niue as the tiny na­tion’s am­bas­sador for its triathlon-style Rock­man Se­ries.

Nathan has climbed, biked, pad­dled and hiked his way through life and around the planet so far, but he’s never been to “The Rock” – a co­ral atoll in the Pacific known for its friendly peo­ple, crys­tal clear wa­ter and end­less av­enues for adventure.

Nel­son-based Nathan will be in Niue to help and en­cour­age kids be­tween the ages of seven and 14 years old for the Ju­nior Rock­man An­chor Cup in April, in­spire adults tak­ing part in the adults Rock­man event in May and get on his bike for the Ride the Rock cy­cling chal­lenge in June.

A semi pro­fes­sional or full time pro­fes­sional ath­lete for 16 years, Nathan has rep­re­sented New Zealand at four dif­fer­ent sports and at­tended 12 World Cham­pi­onships over that time.

“We are just so lucky that some­one of Nathan’s cal­i­bre will be join­ing us for these and po­ten­tially other events. He epit­o­mises en­durance and adventure and we’re de­lighted that he’ll be able to share his ex­pe­ri­ences and in­spire am­a­teurs and ath­letes alike,” says Niue Tourism chief ex­ec­u­tive Felic­ity Bollen.

In keep­ing with his life phi­los­o­phy that “It’s about the Adventure”, Nathan is tak­ing his three chil­dren with him to Niue to com­pete in the Ju­nior Rock­man An­chor Cup.

“It’s re­ally about get­ting out there and giv­ing it a go, test­ing your­self and liv­ing the most ad­ven­tur­ous life you can. For those who have done triathlon be­fore and oth­ers who are try­ing it out for the first time, it will be a real ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says.

The in­au­gu­ral Ju­nior Rock­man An­chor Cup is a kids triathlon event in Niue on April 20 and 21, with three fun events sep­a­rated into age groups. The seven to 10 year olds will com­pete in a 30-me­tre swim and 1km run, while the 11 to 14 year olds will com­pete in a 100-me­tre swim and 2km run. There will be a Ni­uean flare to this kids triathlon with com­peti­tors vers­ing one another in co­conut bowl­ing (Olo Fua Niu) and young co­conut javelin throw­ing (Ta tika Pona Niu).

The Rock­man is Niue’s com­pet­i­tive triathlon over the course of three days from May 16 to 19. Com­peti­tors will have the op­tion to com­plete in­di­vid­ual events in a 10km run, 30km bike and 1km swim, or a full triathlon one day. Not many can say they have com­peted in a triathlon the length of a coun­try. Nathan Fa’avae and Sea­son One NZ

Bach­e­lor Art Green will both take place in Niue’s an­nual cy­cling race, Ride the Rock. The event is spread across two days, from June 6 to 8. The first race con­sists of a rally in five dif­fer­ent stages with the sec­ond a so­cially com­pet­i­tive race over 60km around the en­tire is­land.

While Nathan is en­thused about the Rock­man Se­ries, he also keen to check out other ac­tiv­i­ties on Niue, in­clud­ing swim­ming, fish­ing and snorkelling in the 80-me­tre vis­i­bil­ity wa­ter and hik­ing through the unique co­ral ter­rain cov­ered in na­tive bush.

En­durance ath­lete Nathan Fa’avae will be the face be­hind Niue’s triathlon-style Rock­man Se­ries.

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