The Coast to Coast Rangers team pose for a photo

Supporting the Coast to Coast Rangers

We are proud to be able to support the Coast to Coast Rangers (view their Facebook Page) this year with the use of two Nissan vehicles that will help them to accomplish the 2018 Coast to Coast.

Jess de Bont heads the team and spoke to us about why she founded the team and how the team benefits at-risk youth in Christchurch today.

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Coast to Coast Rangers Tough Mudders

As an athlete I know the benefits of being in the outdoors and challenging myself through multi-sport racing. The great outdoors of New Zealand, is a beautiful place to be in and I have enjoyed getting out into it, in many different ways.

I have been fit enough to race the Coast to Coast at a competitive level and I now share my passion through sport, racing and the outdoors with east side Christchurch teenagers.

I am head of the Aspiring Youth Development Trust, where I run a programme called Coast to Coast Rangers. The programme was set up to take at-risk, or underprivileged teens – and also teenagers in need of opportunities – and expose them to a life in the outdoors through multi-sport events. 

The Coast to Coast Rangers have twice completed in the iconic 243km Coast to Coast race, which goes from the West Coast to the East Coast of the South Island, and over Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, it will be our third time. The Coast to Coast Rangers have also completed the Mt Isobel Challenge, the Bridge to Bridge mountain bike race, the St James mountain bike race and Ride the Wilderness.

A real highlight for our boys was when Richie McCaw and Dan Carter’s trust, iSport NZ, invited some of the Coast to Coast Rangers to be a part of the Tough Mudder obstacle course race in Auckland in November last year.

It was an absolute pleasure to be amongst it and complete 18km of mud obstacles – running with Richie McCaw by our sides.  It was an experience which six teenage boys will never forget.

Coast to Coast Rangers by the lake
Coast to Coast Rangers walk up a steep river

For our east side teens it’s all about opportunities and that’s what Coast to Coast Rangers is all about. We help create opportunities for them that they perhaps wouldn’t normally get and that help broaden their horizons. We take them out into some beautiful, natural places where they can experience the benefits of exercise and team work.

Coast to Coast Rangers also helps open their eyes to new challenges and they don’t all have to be physical. In fact, last weekend I took two 16-year-old boys to do a mountain bike race in Hanmer Springs. Whilst cooking the meal that night they informed me it was the first time they have ever cooked!

For these teenagers, completing tough, multi-sport races represents opportunities they may have never thought themselves capable of experiencing. By training for and competing in these events, they build confidence, plus gain skills, knowledge and friendships. They challenge themselves and face up to some of the struggles they have had in their lives. They will represent their schools and their community. They will become role models.

We provide experiences that will hopefully take them into their adult life and leave them with lifetime memories and achievements. It’s very rewarding for me to see the growth they can achieve through being part of the Coast to Coast Rangers.

– Jess de Bont

Jess de Bont sits on a mountain trail

Be sure to follow the Coast to Coast Rangers progress on Facebook.

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