As we approach our fourth year of the Surf Coast Trek, we’re excited to announced our ambassadors for 2019. Lee ‘Stampsy’ Stamps from K Rock has been a long time supporter of the Trek and we’re thrilled to have her on board for another year! Get to know a little bit about Stampsy below and why she’s decided to take on this experience with us for another year.
What made you initially decide to come on board the Surf Coast Trek?
I signed up for several reasons. I wanted to push my mind and body over the distance, having not taken part in an event of this magnitude before. I wanted to see another part of the coast from a unique vantage point and I wanted to support the valuable work Give Where You Live and Kids Plus do in our region. K rock’s General Manager Andy Mathers and his beautiful wife Ali are KPF founding members and event ambassadors, with daughter Hattie relying on the amazing services Kids Plus offer. Knowing the family I wanted to do my part for them and families in similar positions.
Did you know about the work of Give Where You Live and Kids Plus before taking on the Trek?
I was very familiar with the work of GWYL prior to the event, after working with the team for several years and hosting several events. It was the first time I was introduced to Kids Plus and I was in awe of their work and dedication to kids in our region.
What do you love most about supporting the Trek?
With a heavy work schedule I love that I can train in my own time and commit to one day, spending it in the outdoors with friends and like minded people. I love that I can put one foot in front of the other and each step is making a difference for those who might be struggling to do just that. And the smiles! Both from the trekkers and the kids at the finish line.
Given you’ve trekked with us a few times, what’s the atmosphere of the day like?
Once the coffee kicks in, ’cause TBH it is an early start, it’s awesome. You meet new people on the trail and get to learn their stories and their motivations. You get to have a laugh with friends and encourage each other along the trek. The pit stops give us the sugar hit we need to keep going while the smiles and the laughter keep us motivated. It’s not easy, but it is worthwhile and rewarding.
How do you find the experience of the day itself?
There is a real team atmosphere about the day within the actual teams and all those competing. *Touch wood* For the last three years, the weather has been great and the views have been spectacular.
What’s your best tip for those preparing for the Trek for the first time?
Definitely do not underestimate the 40kms and the trail. You do not need to be marathon runners, however, you do have to have some conditioning, warm up and stretch. Don’t buy new shoes just for the day, wear well worn and comfortable footwear. I strap my toes individually and then strap my feet to stop blisters. Refill your drink bottle at every pit stop. In fact, I’ve invested in a CamelBak and carry it within my backpack on the day. Start walking groups and walk through different terrains to get used to the different Trek conditions.
Post your fundraising page several times over the next few months so it pops up on loved ones’ social media feeds, and don’t hold back. You’re doing the hard work, so the least they can do is donate to the Trek! Get work involved, mother’s groups, sporting groups and friends to take part in the day or even just the fundraising.
What should trekkers do to make the most of the day?
Come in with a positive attitude. There will be points along the way where your body might be sore or you might get a cramp, but remember, it’s not a race it’s a journey. Go at your pace, take in the scenery and get to know your fellow competitors.
What’s your favourite part of the Trek?
Can I say the finish line? Seriously, it’s knowing that my mind and body can accomplish anything. I love knowing that money raised goes into our community to support local organisations who make a real difference to kids, families and our disadvantaged. (The finish line is incredible too).
Anything else to add?
I’m really excited to promote the event in my fourth year and look forward to the challenge of the Surf Coast Trek. It’s wonderful to see the event continue to be supported and to grow in numbers and involvement. See you at the start line!