Teen plans to ride the length of New Zealand

JAY BOREHAM
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014
Sione Paea
Nigel Moffiet
CHARITY TREK: Sione Paea is cycling the the length of New Zealand with a quick break to row Cook Strait to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Sione Paea
Nigel Moffiet
IN TRAINING: Sione Paea practising in a kayak for the 23km rowing leg of his journey across Cook Strait.

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Budding young rugby star Sione Paea has dreams of playing for Tonga during the 2015 World Cup.

But the 19-year-old South Aucklander has hung up his boots this season to train for a bike ride the full length of New Zealand in support of the Child Cancer Foundation.

Paea will hit the road on November 1 and expects to get to Bluff on November 30.

He will also paddle across Cook Strait as part of the exercise.

It's not the first time he's put his body under duress for a good cause.

Last October he helped raise $10,000 for the Starship Hospital in Auckland as part of a sponsored 47km run.

He's looking forward to undertaking his latest challenge alone.

"I love challenging myself to a point where I'd be both mentally and physically broken down.

"I want to feel a fraction of the pain these children are going through each day - 28 to 30 days of temporary pain is nothing compared to the uphill battles each child cancer fighter faces every single day."

Go to childcancerfundraising.org.nz, click on Sponsor a Friend and search for Sione Paea to donate.

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- Manukau Courier

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