Due to a shoulder injury it won't be Surf Life Saving but may be a team event with my father and brother.
WMG2017 competition goal
To have a great time on and off the field of play with my family, my fellow Gisborne mates and friends from all over the world.
Surf lifesaving Ironman must be one of the toughest sports going and they don’t get any better than three time world champion and 11 time New Zealand titleholder, Cory Hutchings. The chance to get back into the water competitively is one of the attractions of World Masters Games 2017 for Cory whose involvement in the sport these days is coaching 30 to 40 up and coming young surf lifesavers at Gisborne’s Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club.
“Masters sports is a great motivator to get people training and competing – whether they’re former professionals or novices,” says Cory. “For me personally it’s a way to stay actively involved in something I love and have a real passion for.”
Cory also has his eye on a number of other sports on the programme including maybe even a rowing challenge against Hamish Carter! “Seriously though, there are a number of sports which appeal including ocean swimming, some of the canoe/kayak disciplines as well as surf lifesaving.”
While many kiwis will remember Cory’s sporting achievements they may not be so familiar with his cameo appearance on the iconic American lifesaving TV programme Baywatch acting alongside Pamela Anderson and the Hoff – “a right hoot and bit of fun”.