Former Olympian to join Coast to Coast

Former World Champion swimmer and Olympian Moss Burmester is teaming up with Moa to take on the biggest physical challenge of his life February’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast Longest Day.

After tackling the Coast to Coast for the first time this year in a tandem team with his partner Carolyn Arthur the two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion says he was quickly hooked on multi-sport and the event so wants to “step up the challenge to the ultimate level.”

“I just loved the event this year, not only the racing itself, but the journey of training and learning new skills and taking on new adventures,” Burmester said. 

“When I swam professionally I was so fit and healthy I believed I could complete any event out there – even though I might have been a fish out of water – and now is my opportunity to step up and make it a reality.”

Burmester is partnering with Moa Beer, the official beer sponsor of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, a partnership he says is a great natural fit.

“Moa has sponsored the New Zealand Olympic Team and has a real passion for the Ocean as I do, so there were some obvious connections but what really impressed me was their spirit to continually challenge themselves and strive to get better.”

“These traits are what drove me to my pool successes and although I’m now juggling my outdoor pursuits with work they are still the underlying reason why I have stepped up to the challenge of the Longest Day. The Coast to Coast Longest day has to be one of the biggest physical challenges out there and I can’t wait to give it a go.”

Burmester plans to share his journey and build-up, including insights and learnings to help others set goals and be their best.

“The hope is to inspire and encourage others to step up and challenge themselves, regardless of what that is, as I know the sense of purpose and satisfaction you get from not just completing but the journey is hugely rewarding.”

Strategy & Marketing Director for Moa Stephen Smith said they were really proud to have the opportunity to support Moss on his latest incredible journey.

“We love seeing people enjoy the New Zealand outdoors and of course if that is also at our favourite event being the Kathmandu Coast to Coast then it’s even better. We will be toasting a Moa to Moss as he finishes the longest day and hopefully enjoying one with him as well”

The Kathmandu Coast to Coast gets underway with the two day event on Friday February 8 while the Longest Day World Championship one day event is held on the following day with competitors cycling, running and kayaking 243 kilometres from Kumara Beach on the South Island’s West Coast to New Brighton beach in Christchurch.

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