8 9, 2016
The FINNZ team banded together to brave one of the coldest weekends to hit Wellington this year to compete in the annual Tough Guy & Gal challenge. With snow on the surrounding hills and rain pelting down, we knew the event would be without doubt a truly tough challenge for all.
Around 900 people took part in the 6km race which involved; crawling through mud, steep hill climbs, dodging barbed wire, climbing hurdles and plunging into freezing streams and mud pits. We took to the challenge with enthusiasm, not hesitating to dive into the first mud pool or wavering at the first exhausting obstacle. The FINNZ team triumphed and came in 7th out of the 27 teams that competed, an awesome result! Cure Kids were the official charity of the 2016 Loaded Tough Guy & Gal Challenge with an amazing goal of $50,000 being set, last year $40,000 was raised so we hope they were able to reach their goal this year.
On Monday morning, we all came together to share horror stories and show off our war wounds. The event proved a huge success for the whole team with several members already putting their hands up to give it another go next year.
At FINNZ, we like to get together outside of the office regularly and we are always looking for new and out of the box things to do as a team. We recently participated in a local beach clean-up and we also took part in a live-action group game which involved the team solving a series of problems to escape from a bank vault – both highly recommended!
By getting together as a team and participating in events and activities like these, FINNZ has really grown as a team and formed stronger relationships which we find is vital when facing challenging situations and problems in our day-to-day work.
FINNZ Business Analyst, Jamie Cameron emerging from the mud.
FINNZ Business Development Manager, Matt Gallen - half man, half mud.
FINNZ General Manager, Mark Jones tackling the mud.
FINNZ Marketing Exec, Cassie Merrick makes her way through a freezing river.
FINNZ Senior Developer, David Kerr finishing the race strong.