godzone-logo

Latest News

SPRINGBOK GREAT STEFAN TERBLANCHE SET TO RACE AT GODZONE

Friday 5th January 2018

News Categories

Share Page

PRESS RELEASE
From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand
For immediate release
Friday 5th January 2018

SPRINGBOK GREAT STEFAN TERBLANCHE SET TO RACE AT GODZONE

Former Springbok rugby great, Stefan Terblanche, is looking forward to representing South Africa and competing at this year’s GODZone.

Terblanche, now aged 42, played 37 tests as a wing for the South African Springbok team from 1998 to 2003. As a passionate rugby player, he remains involved with the sport as CEO of the SA Rugby Legends Association and the VUKA rugby development programme.

Terblanche will race at the world’s largest expedition adventure event, in Fiordland, New Zealand from the 1st – 10th March 2018 with highly experienced South African team Merrell Adventure Addicts.

He sees it as a golden opportunity to brush up against other sporting greats.

“I initially said no and thought that would be the end of it but the team captain Graham Bird asked me again and told me I would be fine. So I phoned around to get some info and a good mate who has done many of the toughest endurance races in the world said I would be mad not to say yes and so here I am,” says Terblanche.

Since retiring from professional rugby, the formidable South African sportsman has kept in shape completing the Cape Epic cycle tour, Ironman 70.3 and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. He says he is nervous but ready to take on the GODZone challenge despite disliking being cold and wet.

“I have learned in professional sport that one must never be too proud to let your teammates help you; you will be strong and weak at different times during an event or rugby game, and you will need one another to get through it together.”

Team captain Graham Bird, an AR veteran with 21 expedition races under his belt, has raced GODZone before, leading an international Merrell team, and is thrilled to be heading back with his all South African Merrell team, ranked amongst the top ten in the world. He says team members Grant Ross and Jane Swarbreck will use their extensive experience and good humour to make sure Stefan gets through to the touchline.

“We haven’t raced as a team in 2017 and have had to accept that to take on the top Kiwi teams in their backyard and expect to clamber on the podium is a stretch too far for us at this stage. So we’re going to have a bit of fun and focus on beating one of them. Every true, pure, adventure racer craves the kind of terrain and challenge GODZone presents, so we are looking forward to being there.”

100 teams from around the world will compete at GODZone Chapter 7. The 450km multidisciplinary course will include mountain biking, kayaking, pack rafting, trekking and a ropes section with teams given ten days to complete.

For more info on GODZone go to:
http://www.facebook.com/godzoneadventure or http://godzoneadventure.com/

For more info on Team Merrell go to http://advaddicts.co.za/

CONTACT
Margo Berryman

GODZone Media Manager
Ph: +64 21 246 3342

Email: margo@qt.co.nz

Related posts

Apr
11th
20:04
Vet, farmer and athlete

Country Wide Magazine – April 2021 Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing yourself from society. Your entire focus is about getting to

Mar
14th
06:03
Meet Martin, the GODZone trophy guy

He loves New Zealand so much, so bugger it, he’ll draw it. Meet Martin Rogers, you’ll probably be more familiar with his work than you realise, as he’s the man you can thank for the stunning logs of wood we call the GODZone trophies. It all started way back in 2012, just before Chapter 1

Mar
13th
01:03
The Stuff Legends Are Made Of

The Legends Trophy went to Team Swazi (19) for GODZone Chapter 9 Rotorua. For each GODZone this Trophy is awarded by the race organisers to the team that, in the twilight of their sporting careers, show how it should be done. The Legends Trophy is open to both race categories. And true legends, as the

Mar
12th
13:03
THAT HOMEWARD VIBE

The weather has turned, the sun is out and the last team – Unfinished Addiction (37) – at the back of the field, is slowly moving forward! Day eight of GODZone has a super positive vibe wherever you are on course. The finish line is humming, the music is playing and the Cargo brews and

Mar
12th
02:03
Pushing through the puddles

Where’s Warren? Buying gumboots. Well, that’s fair. It was late afternoon of Day 7, down on the finish line at Waipa Hub. It was wet, very wet. Puddles everywhere. The rain falls hard and fast in Rotorua, all of a sudden. And then it’s gone. And then it comes back again. The rain in Rotorua is not

Mar
11th
09:03
BACK END STRUGGLE ON THE KAIMANAWA RANGE

Day seven at GODZone and teams at the back of the field are taking the brunt of Chapter 9. With cold, wet weather socking in over the Kaimanawa ranges its been a very long 24 – 48 hours for some who are struggling to make and find their way across the 88km trek and down