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A 16-year-old Winton student is
about to embark on the journey
of a lifetime when he attempts to
cycle, paddle and run the length
of the South Island.
It’s all part of the John McGlashan
Challenge, an event for elite
performers and highly motivated
individuals at the college,
encouraging them to identify a
task or goal that will seriously test
Nic Woods, of Oreti, intends to
cover the 1016km distance from
the Centre Island lighthouse, off
the Riverton coast, to Boulder
Bank lighthouse, at the entrance
to Nelson Harbour, in just 11
He has chosen to complete
the journey in memory of his
great, great grandfather, James
Anderson, a lighthouse keeper at
both Centre Island and Boulder
Bank in the 1890s, and he has
selected the Riverton Coastguard
as an appropriate recipient for the
funds he intends to raise along
And with departure day looming
he is ready for the challenge.
“The commitment has been about
all the planning and the training,
then you’ve just got to have the
determination to do it,” he said.
As deputy head boy at John
McGlashan College and head of
the boarding hostel, Nic already
has a lot on his plate, but he said
he felt it was important to step up
and show some leadership.
“I wanted to do something to
Realistic about the journey he
acknowledged there would be
challenges along the way.
“Sure it’ll be difficult getting up
every day and being able to carry
on – I’ll just have to think about
the end goal.”
Day one, on April 2, was expected
to be one of the most challenging.
It involved a run from Centre
Island lighthouse, an 8km kayak
to Colac Bay, followed by a 136km
road bike to Garston.
His father, Coast-to-Coast veteran
and multi-sports eventer Denis
Woods would complete the
challenge alongside his son.
“I think the whole concept’s
great. From my point of view, as
a parent, it’s about encouraging
your children to challenge their
own abilities,” he said.
“The good thing is that it’s not just
about the physical challenge, it’s
about the mental challenge – just
setting some goals and actually
achieving them. It’s a great
opportunity and I’m pleased that
he’s keen to do it.”
Mr Woods admitted that the
weather would be a huge factor
in the challenge and one that
he was mindful of. Meanwhile,
Nic’s mother Lynelle was also
concerned about safety.
“My biggest fear is that there’s an
Mum was responsible for
the “nurturing side” of the
challenge – providing food,
drinks and equipment, along with
encouragement and a smile at
the end of the day, she said.
“It’s about being there and being
part of it as a family.”
Family was certainly a priority for
the Woods crew and that support
would come to the fore during
the course of the challenge.
Grandparents, aunts and uncles,
some travelling from as far away
as Sydney, plan to share Nic’s
journey with him.
The McGlashan Challenge is a
prestigious and highly valued
award within the college.
Last year no one took it up and
so far this year Nic is the only
student to undertake it.
Epic journey ahead for talented teen
By Mary Witsey
In training: Denis Woods (left) and son Nic, get themselves prepared for their
mammoth journey, cycling, paddling and running the length of the South
Island. The pair will begin their 11-day challenge on Good Friday.
The rock fountain on Te Anau’s
main street may soon be flowing
The large boulder, outside Te
Anau Pharmacy, was designed as
a Town Centre water feature but
has been little more than a trickle
for many years.Latterly it’s been
almost dry and is more popular as
a climbing conquest for children
than a fountain.
Southland District Council Te Anau
area engineer Graham Jones said
the problem had been an inability
to get enough water from the
existing supply. Contractors tried
clearing the pipes from both ends
but couldn’t find any blockages.
As a last resort, new pipes have
been put into the rock. All that was
left was for a plumber to connect
distributors at the top to direct the
water out various places.
“It’s all about making the best of
that feature,” he said.
No timeframe had been set for
when the fountain would start
Rock fountain to flow again
LEFT: Father and son team Maurice
(left) and Evan Pascoe, of Invercargill-
based company Southdrill, drilling the
holes a couple of weeks ago for new
pipes to be fitted to the Te Anau Town
Centre rock fountain.
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