Sunday 15 June, 8am
Watching proud kids finish the What Now’s Go Xtreme challenge made the early mornings worth the effort for the team at What Now says producer Emma Gribble. The Go Xtreme challenge sees teams of children compete in three fast-paced outdoor challenges. The action takes place against a backdrop of stunning New Zealand scenery and incorporates state of the art technology. Each team spent two days in the outdoors, with days starting as early as 3am.
“When the kids finished each challenge they were so proud of themselves,” explains Gribble. “They did things out of their comfort zone, like abseiling through a hole 20 meters from the ground; rafting down river rapids on tyres; navigating in the bush on nightfall with a GPS; and scrambling up scree to find avalanche receivers.”
Ironman and Coast-To-Coast legend Steve Gurney hosts Go Xtreme. Each challenge is an adventure-packed mix of speed, dexterity and rapid-thinking problem-solving ability. Teams, made up of 12 to 14 year-olds from the same family, are given tasks, such as having to find a certain spider, flower, or record the sound of a Kiwi.
Using state-of the art technology such as portable GPS devices for navigation, wireless laptops and helmet-cams, the teams must capture a still image, video footage or audio clip on a digital memory stick as proof of their success.
Gurney introduces the teams to their challenges, comments on their progress and is there at the end to confirm who has won and who has not. Completion of the challenge in the fastest time isn’t enough. The winners and losers will be determined when they return to the Gurney’s laptop and the contents of the memory stick is revealed.
Fascinating facts about New Zealand’s flora and fauna, birds, history, geology and geography are woven throughout the show. The Go Xtreme challenge allowed the children involved to explore the New Zealand wilderness and have experiences not normally possible in their everyday life.
To top it off, not only do the winners of Go Xtreme bask in the glory and honour of victory, they also receive a pack of outdoor equipment.
Don’t miss the action of What Now’s Go Xtreme challenge, today at 8am on TV2.