For team leader Nigel Cherrie, rowing into Auckland City on 20 January 2011 wasn't just the culmination of a two-month adventure on the Tasman Sea, it was the finish line of a five year journey to achieve a great life-changing goal. Nigel, with team-mates James Blake and Andrew McCowan, passed under the Auckland Harbour Bridge 55 days and two hours after leaving Australia- a 3,300km human-powered voyage. The team endured almost a month of torrid weather on the Tasman Sea, spending approximately 27 days at sea anchor as their 10.5m boat, The Moana, was tossed around by 4-6m seas and winds reaching 50 knots. But the perseverance required to cross the Tasman by oar power and eat cold food when they ran out of gas, was fuelled by five years of pursuing the dream, raising the sponsorship, building a team and overcoming every hurdle imaginable just to cross the Sydney Harbour start line.
Paddy O'Brien is NZ's most capped test referee. He refereed for 20 years and is currently the most experienced referee on the world refereeing panel.
He is a self-confessed sports fanatic whose life has centred around sport.
One of Australia’s very best raconteurs, he captivates audiences within minutes then keeps them hooked and laughing right through to the end. Highly intelligent and absolutely focused, Peter draws on his own stories as well as those of many international leaders of business, government and sport to tailor and deliver presentations that inspire and entertain.
Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker. Like his adventures his presentations are inspiring, exciting and full of lessons for business today.
New Zealand’s internationally recognised sports commentator and voice of yachting and the America’s Cup
Phil is one of NZ’s leading all round sporting journalist and author of many books, including biographies for Grizz, Wylie, Joe Stanley, Mike Brewer, skipping rope Man Billy Graham and most recently Valerie Adams
Acclaimed All Whites Coach and one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Rob Hamill is a master of his mind, he will share and delight your audience with his stories of goal setting, planning, commitment and persistence.
In 1995 he burst onto the New Zealand rowing scene as the youngest person ever to win the single sculls title at the New Zealand Championships – he did this as a novice sculler. In the two years that followed, Rob won gold at the World Championships in Germany and Canada breaking records on the water. His rowing career was topped off with an Olympic Gold at Sydney 2000.
World champion cyclist and Gold Medalist at the Athens Olympics, Sarah has what it takes to persist and achieve your goals.
Sarah has been racing BMX from a very young age and reached the pinnacle of her career to date winning the Silver Medal at the Olympics in London. She was also Nominated for Sportswoman of the Year 2010 at the Halberg Awards.
In 1977 Colin Quincey, Shaun’s father became the first man to row solo from New Zealand to Australia taking a grueling 63 days and 7 hours. In March 2010 Shaun stepped up to be the second man in history and first to row from Australia to New Zealand to conquer the Tasman Sea. Shaun’s epic voyage took 2 years of planning and 54 days of rowing in the world’s most dangerous ocean departing from Coffs Harbor and narrowly hitting the northern tip of ninety mile beach.
Sir Brian has made a significant contribution to the sport of rugby as a player, coach, and administrator at both a national and international level. He and went on to play 25 tests for New Zealand; 18 as Captain, with just three losses, and scored 21 points.
His coaching and motivation of the World Champion Seven's side made him a legend in the sport. He has four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals to prove it!
Steve is a NZ international adventure racer and well known as that “Crazy Coast to Coast Guy” and has the nick name GOONey – Goons for short. He has raced the Coast to Coast 15 times and has won it a record 9 times (a record 6 consecutively).
Stu Wilson is a well known former All Black and sports commentator.
Against all the odds he took the New Zealand Tall Black Basketball Team into world prominence in the World Championships in USA in 2002. Tab then signed a contract with Basketball New Zealand to stay in New Zealand and coach for the next 4 years. What was his secret weapon for getting such performances from his players.
One of New Zealand’s most successful professional athletes, he has been recognised with many accolades, including being named 3 times in the Rugby League World XIII as the best lock in the world. As a businessman Tawera is a very successful property investor. He is also a director of a training company. He had his leg amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident and competed at the Paralympics.
Wayne ran the Britten Race team in Europe in the early 1990’s until John Britten died of cancer in 1995. Britten Motorcycles is still at the forefront of design and innovation and is now involved in making prototypes of engines and mopeds, and has made prosthetic limbs for the Paralympic cyclists. The company became well know for the innovative design and manufacture of the artificial legs which Mark Inglis used to make his return climb to Mount Cook, 20 years after losing his legs to frostbite on that same mountain and in May 2006 Wayne climbed Mount Everest with Mark Inglis. Wayne was involved in the making of the prototype of Invercargill’s Bert Munro’s motorcycle for the film “the Fastest Indian” and involved in the film shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah USA.
The former captain of the All Blacks still has a high profile from his battle with cancer, his charity appearances and his work with prostate cancer awareness
William is an accomplished inspirational speaker who doesn’t retell stories, he relives them. 10 years ago, William almost lost his life in a volcanic eruption on Mt. Ruapehu. Doctors noted William’s survival as a miracle. William’s obsession for the outdoors, education and seeing life’s challenges as opportunities to try again have helped him overcome adversity more than once.
Former rugby great, Alex lives on a farm in North Canterbury.
Allison Roe won the Boston (2h 26m) and New York marathons setting records at both in 1981. Her record in breaking Grete Waitz string of wins in New York was a World Record at the time (2h 25.29m). She also won a number of road races in the US including the famous 10k Peachtree Roadrace in Atlanta breaking Mary Decker’s record. Allison represented New Zealand in track and cross country and at the age of 18 as NZ Cross Country champion, led the NZ team to the World Cross Country Championships in Morocco, where they finished second to the USA. She went on to win a number of cross country races internationally in Spain and Japan. Allison also has New Zealand championship gold medals in cycling and triathlon and won the Brazil International Triathlon from a strong field of top performers. She has also won many awards for services to sport including, Member of the British Empire, NZ Sportsman of the Year, Nurmi Awards for Best Female Runner and Best Female Road Racer 1981 and more recently the Abebe Bikila Award presented at the United Nations in 2002.
Immensely popular Canterbury first five who are regarded by some in the game including Colin Meads as the finest to wear the number 10 jersey. Off the field, Mehrtens was equally popular because of his pleasant manner, wit and sense of humour.
Beatrice Faumuina is one of New Zealand's most successful track and field athletes. She has represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games on four occasions, in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing). Beatrice was flag bearer for the New Zealand Olympic team in Athens in 2004.
‘I am already a winner. I won the most important battle of my life – cancer’. ‘Never settle for being average - being there just to make up the numbers is not enough’.
Has been a Radio Cricket commentator with Radio Sport since 1983.
Mark Allen, know as Bull all around New Zealand and overseas, is a rugby player with a difference.