Triathletes crossing the finish line at long distance triathlon Challenge Wanaka in January will receive their medals and a congratulations from one of New Zealand’s sporting superstars, Samantha Warriner.
The Commonwealth Games silver medallist, ITU World Cup Champion and World Aquathon Champion will also commentate at the event providing spectators with an informed insight in the sport of triathlon.
Having raced in over 60 World Cup or World Championship events and multiple half iron distances, she will let the crowds now exactly how the athletes are feeling during their gruelling 226km race, as well as the tactics involved and also the preparation required to succeed at triathlon’s ultimate distance.
"I love all aspects of triathlon, and can't wait to be part of so many people’s big day down in Wanaka,” she said. “The effort, sacrifice, and ultimately the sense of personal achievement when competing in an event such as Challenge is just the same whether you're racing yourself for a personal best or you're racing the best in the world for a podium place, I just can't wait to be in Wanaka and share all the athletes’ day, it'll be a real honour to be involved!"
Challenge Wanaka race director, Victoria Murray-Orr, said it will be a privilege to work with a sports person of Sam’s calibre.
“We’re thrilled to have Sam as part of the team and are very much looking forward to working with her as we continue to grow the Challenge experience here in New Zealand.”
Sam will also race in the national Contact Tri Series in Wanaka on Friday November 15.
Challenge Wanaka is New Zealand’s fastest growing iron distance triathlon and part of the global series of Challenge long distance races that includes Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria as well as New Zealand. The race is the flagship event of the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival that runs from 10-16 January 2010 and also includes the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka, the Radio Wanaka 5km Fun Run, Swim the Course, Contact Tri Series sprint triathlon and the Lake Wanaka Half. For further information, visit www.challenge-wanaka.com.