On Sunday night at the half time break in the second Twenty20 between the BLACKCAPS and Australia at AMI Stadium, two other international athletes will go head to head in a Zorb race, to entertain the crowd and raise money for a worthy cause.
Trans-Tasman rival ocean swimmers 19 year old Kane Radford from New Zealand and 22 year old David Browne from Australia will climb inside the humongous plastic spheres and race to the finish line to raise funds and awareness for St John and Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Prize money will be awarded to the winner’s charity of choice, while the other charity will be presented with a piece of New Zealand Cricket memorabilia.
Both athletes would have squared off in the Sovereign NZ Ocean Swim Series at Corsair Bay on Saturday and Radford and Browne will be looking at going one up on each other at the race on Sunday.
Browne is looking forward to the week of competition. “Definitely the swim makes me more nervous; I am hoping the ZORB race will be fun and that I don’t get injured,” he said.
And he suggested he might be doing it for more than just charity and entertainment. “My girlfriend wants a picture of Daniel Vettori though, so perhaps I‘ll have to make some sort of impression to get that photo,” he laughed. “I might be doing it for her, but it could get competitive.”
The two competitors will dash for cash in a 100 metre sprint in front of the Deans Stand. It will kick off at approximately 8.30 on Sunday night.
Patrons are also encouraged to drop a gold coin into the collection buckets at the merchandise stores inside the stadium.