New Zealand‘s Braden Currie (Wanaka) has confirmed he will be defending his 2019 title. Braden is one of the most respected names in the world of multisport, triathlon and adventure racing. Not only is he the 2019 Challenge Wānaka Champion, he won the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in 2019 and looks to repeat with the Challenge Asia Pacific Championship this year, as well as coming seventh in Kona at the 2019 Ironman World Championship.
Coming from across the ditch to battle it out with Currie are Australian professional triathletes Matt Burton (3rd in 2019), Steve Mckenna and Levi Maxwell. Matt Burton recently placed second at Ironman Western Australia and is an athlete to keep your eye on. Matt has won the Age Group (18-24) Ironman World Championships and in his relatively short yet accomplished professional career has boasted an Ironman PB of 7hr 55min (Ironman WA 2019) and a Half Distance PB of 3hr 42min (Challenge Malaysia 2018).
Steve Mckenna is coming off the back of an incredibly strong 2019, in which he won three of the Challenge Family Triathlon Events, Challenge Iskandar Puteri, Challenge Vietnam and Challenge Korea, as well as second place in Challenge Cape Town and Challenge Anhui.
Levi Maxwell has only been a professional triathlete for 15 months, but in that time has stood on 10 podiums, including four Challenge Family podiums. From further afield Joe Skipper (Great Britain) 2019 Florida Ironman record winner will be returning to Wānaka to compete in the Challenge Wānaka. "I love being in Wānaka as it’s a great place, the race is a really honest course as well which suits a strongman where the best athlete on the day is sure to come out on top”, said Skipper.
Dylan McNeice (Christchurch) is another top Kiwi triathlete who will be competing on the 15th of February. Dylan was the winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Challenge Wānaka and has finished just off the podium every other time he has competed in the race. Rounding out the trio of male professional Kiwi Triathletes competing is Jack Moody (Auckland). Jack has been competing professionally in triathlon since 2018. Although he is the youngest of the Kiwi professional athletes competing, he is just as much of a podium contender as Currie and McNeice. Jack finished in fourth place at the 2019 Challenge Wanaka and had the fastest run split of the day.