A few months removed from the 2016 Olympic Games I’ve finally put words to a page on my time in Rio. Off the bat — and to keep things to the point if this is all you read — it’s hard to call 2016 anything short of successful. From a performance perspective, we saw incredible results and in the case of Canadian and New Zealand OCs, near record medal hauls. Great Britain… Read More
It’s been done for a few weeks now but the Bolivian Internet Gods weren’t wanting to let this YouTube video go live. Here’s the final highlight video from our time at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Once in a lifetime experience.
It goes without saying, but it’s been a crazy month in Brazil and I’m behind on updates – written and otherwise. To keep it quick and easy… here we go: Got to Salvador the day before the World Cup started and parked up in the city through to the end of quarterfinal stage of the tournament – Barra Fan Fest & Arena Fonte Nova delivered; Moved on to Belo Horizonte to attend… Read More
I’ve been here before, I know this feeling: Nervous, can’t watch. Can’t – not. Feel sick. What’s going to happen if they lose? Surely they won’t… But, what IF? [expletive] … Fortunately I’ve been on the good side of this situation on home soil twice in the past few years – NZ’s 2011 Rugby World Cup victory & Canada Men’s Hockey Gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. To be fair though, it’s precisely… Read More
After our luck in sorting out the Spain/Netherlands game we were feeling pretty confident about our chances for Monday’s Germany/Portugal fixture. We quickly went from confident in success to a more realistic outcome of either watching the game in a bar or rushing back to Barra to try and get into the FIFA Fan Fest. After fighting the crowds only two of the six of us ended up in there (and in… Read More
Day 2 saw a replay of the 2010 World Cup Finalists showing off in Salvador, what a welcoming party for the next month. Only one problem – we’re six guys with zero tickets. With that in mind, we all made our way early in the day to Arena Fonte Nova to have a bit of sniff of the scene. We split the team in half and each threesome made their own way… Read More
After a few weeks in Brazil spent exclusively in beach towns/cities Tim and I decided it was worth a quick trip to inland Bahia prior to the World Cup kick off. We left the rest of the lads in Recife for Salvador by plane, then caught a 7 hour bus to a town called Lençois. Once known around the world for its diamond mining the town now relies almost exclusively on tourism… Read More
The trip started off with brief trip to Australia where I was fortunate to catch up with a few mates along with meet some very cool new people in Melbourne, Sydney & Newcastle. Every trip to Australia always seems to short, but to be honest this time I felt ready to keep moving on! View this post on Instagram A way better commute #Sydney #travel A post shared by Will Stew (@willstew) on May… Read More