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While most students look to December as a time to kick back, relax, and countdown to school holidays, other students around the country have been training for the ultimate endurance event: the Hillary Outdoors Torpedo7 Get2Go National Final.
Each year for the last 14 years, 12 teams of year 9 and 10 students train for months to qualify for the Torpedo7 Get2Go National Final a five-day event filled with teamwork, physical challenges and breath-taking scenery.
For the last few years, Torpedo7 has sponsored the annual National Final event on Great Barrier Island, providing financial support to close the gap in fundraising, ensuring that all teams regardless of background or location can attend.
“These teams show great dedication and focus just to qualify for the Final. It takes grit, stamina and team work to get to this point and they give it all they’ve got,” says Darren Ashmore, Events Manager at Hillary Outdoors. “It’s always amazing to see the intensity these students bring to this event, and how much they’re willing to push themselves as individuals and teams to reach their goal.”
The multi-month journey to qualify for the Torpedo7 Get2Go begins with regional qualifying events that take place all around Aotearoa. It’s from those regional events that the leading teams one-by-one make their way to qualifying for the Final, where one team prevails as then Torpedo7 Get2Go National Champion.
“Whether you’re an adventure junkie, or from a family that loves the outdoors, we’ll see you out there, and this partnership with Hillary Outdoors is a perfect match to continue inspiring the next generation of outdoor adventurers,” says Simon West, Torpedo7 Chief Executive Officer.
Torpedo7 has been a proud sponsor of not-for-profit Hillary Outdoors since 2015. The charitable trust provides outdoor education to primarily young people, using adventurous outdoor activities as a means to educate and give them practical life skills for their future.Learn more about Hillary Outdoors.
Watch the video below to see the team’s in action during one of the challenge’s most gruelling days.
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