Young woman takes her game to whole new level

Sophie Newbold, of Gibbston, tees off on the Remarkables mountain range with Peugeot New Zealand...
Sophie Newbold, of Gibbston, tees off on the Remarkables mountain range with Peugeot New Zealand general manager Grant Smith, of Auckland, on Saturday. Photo supplied.
Not many people have hit a golf ball off the Remarkables, but a young woman from Gibbston has.

About a week after Cure Kids, Peugeot New Zealand and The Hills made Sophie Newbold's dream of learning to drive a reality, the Cure Kids ambassador was given a life experience to treasure on Saturday.

Sophie lives with cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome, a rare genetic condition which usually affects the heart, facial features and skin.

The 17-year-old, her mother, Bridget Newbold, the car company's New Zealand general manager, Grant Smith, and Cure Kids fundraising and business development director Josie Spillane enjoyed a tour of the golf course near Arrowtown.

The group was then flown courtesy of Queenstown helicopter company Over The Top to the Remarkables where they hit biodegradable golf balls into the void in balmy 3degC weather.

"It was fun and I liked it," Sophie said afterwards on ground level.

"It was so cold up there, but going on the helicopter was really good and fun."

Mrs Spillane said Cure Kids projects to come included Ticket to Hope. Queenstown operators give 15 seriously ill children and their families the VIP treatment from June 8 to 10.

The All Blacks were expected to take a starring role in Red Nose Day in August.

Accor Hotels' $10 Queenstown Challenge, where sponsored teams make their way up New Zealand with only $10, will return in October.


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