Braden Currie - adventure ambassador
NZ Ironman Champion - 3x World Multi Sport Champion - 3 x NZ Long Distance Triathalon Champion - 3x NZ and Asia Pacific Xterra Champion
BRADEN CURRIE – THE FITTEST MAN IN NEW ZEALAND?
Written by Lisa Potter NZ Fitness Magazine
When Braden Currie says he’s ‘pretty competitive’, you get the feeling he’s also the master of understatement. For that is like saying he is ‘pretty fit’.
If there was ever a competition to find the fittest man in New Zealand, he’d have to be at the top of the field.
His relentless drive has shaped him into a multi-sport endurance champion. Braden wakes up each morning, swims, bikes, runs and goes to the gym. Then rather than feeling satisfied with his efforts (like most of us would), he gets up and does it all over again the next day – and the next.
Braden’s multi-sport career kicked off impressively began, as a three time consecutive champions in the Coast to Coast (World Multi-sport Championships). Becoming one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed multi-sport athletes was just the beginning of his domination within the world of endurance sport.
His ingrained need of challenge has seen him pursue and achieve within every style of endurance sport.
Within the space of just a few years he has proven himself globally over a variety of racing styles and disciplines. Among these is the New Zealand Long Distance Triathlon Champion (twice), an achievement which gave him the confidence and determination to prove himself in Olympic distance triathlon, where after only six weeks of racing he became the New Zealand Olympic Distance Triathlon Champion.
Alongside his on road triathlon achievements, Braden also maintained his passion and dedication to off-road racing, placing second in the world at the XTERRA (off-road Triathlon) World Championships, and becoming a multiple New Zealand and Asia Pacific XTERRA Champion.
Every champion has a story of what they feel has contributed to their achievements. For Braden this was growing up on a farm in a small rural community, with hard working parents who taught him that success in life requires relentless commitment through the good times and the bad.
Braden did not fit within the mould of the educational system, and being dyslexic often made him feel isolated and inferior to his class mates. A teacher with a passion for multi-sport who recognised Braden’s struggle with school, started turning up at his gate at 6am every morning and making Braden go running.
In many ways, Braden attributes his success within the world of sport, to the teacher who believed in him.
To this day he reflects on the impact of having someone recognise his struggle and provide the pathway for building back his confidence in life and the self-belief that everything in life is possible when you apply commitment, dedication and heart.
Braden has gone on to become one of the most respected names in the world of multi-sport and adventure racing. He is a World Champion, a Red Bull athlete, a NZ and Asia Pacific XTERRA Champion and the NZ Olympic distance, Long Distance and Ultra Distance Triathlon Champion.
He is also a husband and a father – also hugely important roles to him, and by necessity because of the time and energy he puts into his sport to stay at the top of his game, his family have also become immersed in this world. Wife Sally Currie helps manage much of the media and marketing that goes alongside being an athlete of this calibre.
YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN
There’s a reason so few people reach the ultimate levels of their sport on a world stage. It is relentless hard grind. The demand of competing at the highest level requires every drop of stamina and strength a person is capable of, often on a daily basis.
There’s the physical challenge of pushing your body to its limits – and beyond. Then endless hours of training, of time committed to your sport (often while also juggling family life), the mental strength required to never quit and to battle through the tough times – repeatedly.
Braden is that rare breed of athlete who continues pushing through barriers. His drive sees him continually push his body and mind to its absolute limits – and then set himself fresh challenges.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE
In spite of growing up in a small rural community and not having any exposure to any form of multi-sport or triathlon racing during his adolescent years, Braden was still able to apply himself to become one of New Zealand and the World’s best endurance athletes. He was often described as the farm boy who came out of nowhere. Braden had one attempt at the two day coast to coast in 2007, placing third, after having never paddled a multi-sport boat or ridden a road bike.
From 2007 to 2011 Braden alongside his wife Sally, put all their energy into building a business in Australia. After selling the business, Braden found the space to give the Coast to Coast another crack. He came third in 2012 in the one day, which only motivated him to go back again and win it three times in a row.
Rather than a life of practise dedicated to a sport, it was instead his aggressive racing attitude, relentless commitment and full level of support from his family, that enabled him to develop a career within multi-sport and adventure racing.
DRIVEN TO EXCEL
Braden knew he could do more and found himself face to face with a career opportunity. One he had immense passion and natural talent for, but also one which was financially high risk, highly competitive and perceivably impossible to make a life from; life as a full time athlete.
His competitive spirit has taken him, and his family (including children Tarn and Bella), around the world, blitzing strong fields and racking up win after win.
From triathlons and ironman to on-road and off-road events, he’s a human four wheel drive machine that just never quits.
This year he has one main goal. To win the most renowned endurance event in the world – The Ironman World Championships. Ironman is a new sport for Braden. After winning his first attempt at Ironman this March, he decided that the most fitting goal for him moving forward was to aspire towards the biggest goal in endurance sport.
Watch this space