The strain is beginning to show on the faces of the 19
Australian and New Zealand celebrities taking part in the
inaugural Anza Challenge as they near the end of their 1300km
race around New Zealand.
The transtasman event started on Sunday in Auckland and
involves teams of sports stars and celebrities running,
rowing, cycling and sailing around the country in a race for
national pride and to raise vital funds for charities on both
sides of the Ditch, including the Halberg Disability Sport
The teams included Black Sticks hockey player Gemma Flynn,
paralympian cyclist Nathan Smith, Olympic gold medal rowers
Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan, world champion cyclist
Alison Shanks, former All Black Marc Ellis, former rugby
league player Laurie Daley, former Wallaby Wendell Sailor,
Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly and Olympic champion rower Dan
Alison Shanks said it was a great event for a really good
''The Kiwi team is 100% behind the work that the Halberg
Disability Sport Foundation does to help physically disabled
Kiwis get into sport.''
The challenge culminates in simultaneous public runs in
Auckland and Sydney on Sunday.
Every participant will be time-chipped and these will be
combined with their celebrity team's results to determine the
inaugural winner of the Anza Challenge.