Coast to Coast Rangers

Posted on 9 November 2016

In 2015 Daniel De Bont along with his wife Jess, and Father-in-law Steve Moffatt, established a pilot programme for disadvantaged youth in Canterbury. 

A group of keen volunteers worked to support a group of Aranui High school students whom formed part of the services academy at their school.

Basically a group of students from the east side of Christchurch whom were on the verge of dropping out of school.

Our team took on the audacious task of mentoring and training these teenagers to compete and complete in the 2016 Coast to Coast.

When we started the students had no bikes, had never kayaked and only ran away from teachers!

For our students living in broken suburbs and broken communities, life was tough enough; now they were faced with 243km of racing across the South Island while learning some “real life” disciplines along the way.

A fantastic lady Vanessa Wells heard about our programme and decided to invest her time, efforts and skills as a film maker to follow this journey.

Our four fabulous students; Bryce, Taitama, Sholita and Kaylah, not only completed but really did compete in the Coast to Coast.

Racing with multi-sport legends Steve Gurney and Nathan Faave; Bryce and Taitama blew everyone away competing the course in just over 17 hours in the school team’s tandem category.

The teams were well supported by Sholita and Kaylah physically and mentally throughout the entire journey.

The programme was a great success, and with the support of Bluesky and some other great sponsors we have now expanded for the 2016/17 season.

The Ranger concept now supports 12 students from Linwood College and hope to continue with the Aranui community once their new Super School restructure has taken place. 

For 2017 we are looking to introduce an ongoing mentoring programme supporting our students in their future endeavours in sport, education and community from their teenage years into early adult life.


If you would like to know more or would be interested in supporting our programme feel free to contact Daniel, we would love to have you on board!