In this #OurSupporters series we want to introduce our amazing sponsors – the people that help ensure we continue to put on some of the very best events in New Zealand. These people are passionate participants, and get behind our events because they love them, and want to help spread that love. How cool is that?
The Wild Kiwi has a new sponsor in BDO Northland, and a long history with many individuals in the company. We chatted with Adelle Allbon, Director of BDO Northland to learn more about her love for the Wild Kiwi and it’s stunning setting, the Whangarei Heads.
Which event(s) have you done at the Wild Kiwi?
2016 I was in a two person multi-sport team. I did the run and the bike with Linda Ross smashing the Kayak leg. In 2017 I did the individual multi-sport.
What keeps you coming back?
It’s just a really grunty event and there is an awesome vibe on the day. The course is very tough yet spectacularly beautiful. It would be the most challenging one day event I have taken part in.
What is your goal for 2018?
I have been injured and unable to run since the start of the year with an Achilles problem – my goal is to compete in some capacity. If I could do the whole thing that would be my ultimate however that is looking less likely as time ticks on!
What would you say to someone who had never been to the Whangarei Heads?
I would say – you need to get out there! There is so much to do and see. The walks are amazing and there are plenty of stunning beaches to visit.
Tell us about BDO’s involvement with the event?
The Whangarei team of BDO Northland have been big participators in the Wild Kiwi. I think in the first year we had around 16 people taking part in various events. The Wild Kiwi is a good fit with our brand and we are passionate about supporting local. Our other key sponsorship is the BDO Tour of Northland – the Wild Kiwi is a gritty event in the same vein as that tour and we like the blend. Both Ngatiwai Trust Board and the Bream Head Conservation Trust are audit clients of the firm. We also have a long standing affiliation with Activ8 Northland who have a lot of clients taking part.
Do you have any advice for first-time participants?
Don’t be put off by the events tough reputation. There is something for everyone and it creates a really good motivating goal to work toward with a great sense of achievement upon completion. My advice would be to prepare as best as you possibly can and come prepared on the day with enough fluids and nutrition to suit your chosen event; don’t underestimate the time that it may take.
Keen to take on the Wild Kiwi? Learn more and enter at www.thewildkiwi.co.nz