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A few months removed from the 2016 Olympic Games Iโ€™ve finally put words to a page on my time in Rio. Off the bat โ€” and to keep things to the point if this is all you read โ€” itโ€™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

Itโ€™s no secret that for me, major sporting events (like World Cups and the Olympic Games) mean erratic sleeping patterns, constantly waking up/scaringย those around meย by yelling at the TV, and even more time spent trawling Twitter. At Team PledgeMe a few of us have been relegated to a #sportsball channel on Slack for intra-office communications on the subject matter. The Rugby World Cup is over. This makes me sad. The main reason… Read More

What was your highlight of: last summer? 2014? the last five years? What are you looking forward to most: next summer? in 2015? in the next five years? Your answers to these questions are likely to involve doing something rather thanbuying something as popularised more than a decade ago by Psychologists Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich in their paper “To Do or to Have? That Is the Question.” A recent paper… 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 itโ€™s been a crazy month in Brazil and Iโ€™m behind on updates โ€“ 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 yearsย – 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