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Global sailor takes on a Kiwi challenge

Global sailor takes on a Kiwi challenge

As if sailing around the world wasn’t enough of a challenge, Global Challenge Team Save the Children crewmember Anthony Campbell wants to cycle the length of New Zealand while he’s here as well.

Campbell, 26, from Sevenoaks in Kent – known in the Wellington Race Village as “Campo” – intends cycling the equivalent distance from Cape Reinga to Bluff without leaving Wellington, completing the distance on a bike on rollers outside a bar in the Wellington Race Village.

A number one bowman on Team Save the Children, Campbell is raising funds for both Save the Children and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and plans to complete the ride towards the end of the Global Challenge’s Wellington stopover.

“I’m sailing on Team Save the Children, but I lost a couple of cousins to cystic fibrosis when I was younger, so it means a bit to me as well. Hopefully a couple of mates of mine in the England sevens team will be able to come and help me out with a few kilometres while they’re in Wellington.”

Campbell’s New Zealand effort follows a similar ride covering the equivalent distance of Great Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats before the Global Challenge left Portsmouth, a road distance of about 1400 kilometres, cycling about 210 kilometres a day, ten hours a day – all while sitting outside his local pub.

“The New Zealand distance is about 1600 kilometres, so it’s a little bit further than Great Britain, but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll get a few people down to the Wellington Race Village to support me and raise some money. I’m also hoping to pick up a few sponsors – I don’t even have a bike yet, which makes it a bit difficult.”

Campbell is no stranger to challenge, having sailed halfway around the world – but he was lucky to make it. The former England schoolboys rugby representative broke his leg at rugby training about six weeks before the Global Challenge was due to start, putting his participation in the race in jeopardy. He only just made it out of plaster in time – a couple of days before the race left Portsmouth for Buenos Aires.

“I had to be a bit careful on the first leg to Buenos Aires, but my leg is fine now. I’m just looking forward to the ride.”

The Wellington City Council is a key partner in hosting the Global Challenge in Wellington.

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