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Bivouac Inov-8 Adventure Racing Team


JJ Wilson

Occupation: Rowing Coach

Team Role: Navigator & Gear Guru

"I started doing multi-sport at the age of 18 when i competed in my first every Speights Coast 2 Coast. In the last 18 months a more focused approach to racing I have seen some more encouraging results. Along with racing multi-sport races in New Zealand, in 2010 I was selected to represent New Zealand at the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh. While over there I also competed in two other races and gained some good international racing experience. Over the past 4 years while training and racing I have also graduated from university with a degree in finance and coached rowing at St Margret's College, which has been important to me to ensure that I maintain a balanced life-style."

Becky Law

Occupation:Rural Insurance Manager

Team Role: Nutritionalist & Team Motivator

"My background is largely in the triathlon area; which started at a young age competing in the annual Weet-Bix kiwi kids triathlons, and local club races. In my later years at high school I took up kayaking and mountain biking which lead to more endurance based multi-sport racing. This lead to a taste of success in the NZ X-terra off road triathlon champs in 2006 where I won my age group and earned a place in the NZ team to compete in Hawaii at the World Xterra Champs later that year. From there I went on to represent NZ in Hamburg at the ITU Triathlon World Champs. After returning home In 2008 I attended Lincoln University and have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce; majoring in Agribusiness and Farm Management. This has lead to a Rural Managers position with Farmers Mutual Group. Whilst at university I took a break from competing competitively to focus on my studies. This year I have got back into training seriously with my main goals being the Coast 2 Coast longest day and to compete in more adventure races both here in NZ and internationally with the team. This sport has been my passion for a long time as I love the competitive nature of racing and pushing myself to the limit both physically and mentally.""

Ryan Thompson

Occupation: Teacher

Team Role: Navigator & Team Captain

"My interest in adventure sports was sparked while at school when I competed in the Hillary Challenge (national schools outdoor adventure champs). Since then I have taken on the challenge of a number of multi-sport and adventure races around New Zealand. I love getting out in the mountains and paddling the beautiful rivers of Aotearoa while training. When racing I enjoy the competitive aspect and pushing myself to the limit. I also teach Te Reo Maori at Whangamata Area School."

Patrick Higgins

Occupation: Arborist

Team Role: Biking Powerhouse & Navigator

"A 29 years old Brit living in sunny Nelson for last 3 years. Working currently as an arborist, from a mountain biking background originally. Patrick's first and only expedition length adventure race was Godzone (Tasman) 2016, and got the AR bug!"

Dayne McKnight

Occupation: Plumber

Team Role: Packhorse & Bike Expert

"I started multi-sport at the age of 22 and have been doing it for two and a half years now. I have learnt a lot and have loved being able to meet the diverse range of people that all these events attract. Having a back ground in motor cross and surfing has meant that I been able to make to transition to mountain biking and kayaking easily and has meant that I have been able to be competitive straight away. I am very focused on what I want to do and believe nothing is impossible. In 2011 I completed my first Speights Coast to Coast and I'm excited at the prospect of more challenges to test me and help improve me as a person and athlete. By day I work as a plumber, over the last year and a half with the help of my coach I have learnt the skills to juggle both a full time job and the training required to be competitive. My strengths would include pushing myself to the limit both physically and even more so mentally."