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Olympians on mission to raise money for women in sport

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Olympian Rebecca Wardell (2008 Beijing) set off on April 30th, 2018 to cycle all the way from Lausanne in Switzerland where she was working for the IOC to Lake Hawea in the South Island. Her and friends Emma Twigg and Sarah Van Bellekom are now on the home stretch and along the way have been raising money to help young women achieve their sporting dreams.

Becs decided literally to take the long way home through Europe, Turkey, Iran, the ‘Stans’, China and South East Asia! She has been joined for much of the trip by three-time Olympian Emma Twigg and friend Sarah Van Bellekom. You can catch up with and follow their amazing journey via their blog.

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Rebecca, Emma, and Sarah’s aim has been to make the trip as much about raising money to help young women achieve their sporting goals as it was about having an adventure. They have all benefitted from generous people who believed in them and helped kick start their sporting careers with financial support to purchase oars, javelins and the odd plane ticket. They saw the long way home as a great opportunity to give back and support some young women in their dream to do something extraordinary.

It’s been an incredible nine month adventure to date for Rebecca. The GPS tracker shows she is currently in Thailand, and all going well she expects to land in Auckland about the end of February. During March and April Rebecca will be cycling the ‘home’ New Zealand leg spending about a month in each island.

Her route will roughly be Matakana – Auckland – Thames – Rotorua – Whakatāne, Ruatoria, Gisborne – Hawkes Bay – Wellington – Nelson – Christchurch – Methven – Oamaru - Lake Hawea.

So if you’re a school loosely on this route and you’d like to have Rebecca stop and talk to your students, please send your interest to The New Zealand Olympic Committee education team will coordinate with Becs and see what she can and can’t do, but we do know that Rebecca is very keen to share her experiences and inspiration with as many NZ students as possible, and particularly with rural schools.

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