Let your kids eat dirt

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

He be­lieves New Zealand’s so­ci­ety has trans­formed into an OSH cul­ture where chil­dren are kept in cot­ton­wool and ev­ery­thing is over­reg­u­lated, in­clud­ing ad­ven­ture sport.

Steve Gur­ney is chal­leng­ing ev­ery­one to let chil­dren take risks, even if that means they fall out of trees oc­ca­sion­ally, eat dirt dur­ing a game of bull- rush and make mis­takes, so that they’ll know how to find their lim­its in later life.

Gur­ney is the liv­ing em­bod­i­ment of a V com­mer­cial: High oc­tane and fun.

His lat­est book, Eat­ing Dirt, takes up where his best­selling au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Lucky Legs left off and finds Gur­ney about to un­der­take his lat­est ex­treme ad­ven- tures, in­clud­ing a worl­drecord cross­ing of the Sa­hara Desert by kite­buggy, try­ing to avoid land mines, ter­ror­ists, cor­rupt bor­der of­fi­cials and gear break­ages. Most of the ad­ven­tures and his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ments that Gur­ney re­lates in Eat­ing Dirt cul­mi­nate in quick suc­cess.

His ad­ven­tures are ex­treme, his dreams are big and he is re­silient.

He also shares his boy­ish ex­cite­ment as he pre­pares for each big ad­ven­ture, the chal­lenges that he and his teams faced and the innovations they dreamt up to over­come these chal­lenges.

His grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion, can­dour and hu­mour res­onate throughout and in­spire the reader to make mole­hills out of moun­tains.

South Waikato News has one copy of Eat­ing Dirt to give away.

Sim­ply tell us the ti­tle of Gur­ney’s last best­selling au­to­bi­og­ra­phy along with your name and contact de­tails to PO Box 89, Toko­roa 3444 or email swaikato. ed­i­tor@wrcn. co.nz.

HON­ESTY:

Steve Gur­ney lays out the truth in his lat­est

book Eat­ing Dirt and South

Waikato News has one copy to

give away.

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