Re­lay en­trant proud of her achieve­ment

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Her com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion is be­ing hailed by her team mates as im­pres­sive.

Toko­roa’s Carol- Ann Guard com­peted in her first main­stream re­lay in a team of 14 in the Re­lay 4 Life in Tau­ranga last week­end.

Re­lay For Life is the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s sig­na­ture com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity.

The 25-year-old said the race was a fan­tas­tic event and the char­ity’s mes­sage is close to her heart.

‘‘It was a great race and I was up for 21 hours. I raced for the Dan­de­lions ... Be­cause I know peo­ple who have had can­cer and the work that they do to fundraise for can­cer is great so I wanted to help them,’’ she said.

The race is fre­quently de­scribed as a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ms Guard agrees and is en­cour­ag­ing more young women to com­pete next year.

‘‘I plan to do it next year too and I would like to see more young girls, more peo­ple who are around my age, com­pete in things like this be­cause it is a good event.’’

The re­lay is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors and care­givers and re­mem­ber those who died from can­cer.

The race also in­cluded face paint­ing,Ir­ish danc­ing, ae­rial art per­form­ers and live en­ter­tain­ment through­out the 24 hours. ‘‘I am proud of my­self,’’ Ms Guard said. ‘‘One of the chal­lenges that I had to do along in the race was lift a trac­tor tyre on to an­other one. It was twice my weight but I still did it,’’ she said.

SET­TING AN EX­AM­PLE: Toko­roa’s Carol-Ann Guard com­peted in the Re­lay 4 Life and is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same.

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