Whangamata

Committed, Disciplined and Respectful: Talking rugby with the Gilbert brothers

Committed, Disciplined and Respectful: Talking rugby with the Gilbert brothers

Two Whangamata men are teaching the next generation important foundation values, through our national sport, Rugby.  

Lessons in Adventure with Ryan Thompson

Lessons in Adventure with Ryan Thompson

Meet one of the Coromandel's true modern day legends. Ryan is captain of the Bivouac-Inov8 Adventure Racing Team, ranked in the top 20 worldwide.  To showcase Whangamata’s natural beauty, perfectly suited to multisport, and to fund their international races, Ryan and teammate Bex Law founded Whangamata Events. They deliver the Whangamata Adventure Race, Multisport Challenge and Adventure Rogaine, as well as a number of paddling events on the water. Ryan has also found a way to share his passion with adventure racers of the future.  He works as an outdoor education and Te Reo teacher at Opoutere School, near Whangamata.