From the office to the outdoors
Waikato Management School and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law alumnus Sam Gibb isn't one to rest on his laurels.
Sam works in finance as an associate at Quavat Management Pte Ltd in Singapore, a firm specialising in private equity and growth investments in Indonesia. Before that, he was an investment analyst with a boutique funds management firm in Auckland and a tax consultant with global accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
In the little spare time he has, Sam spends it snowboarding, travelling...and training for the 2013 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.
Sam graduated from the University of Waikato in 2009 with a Bachelor of Management Studies - majoring in accounting and finance - and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. During his studies he was President of the Waikato University Ski and Snowboard Club, President of the Law Students' Association and volunteered with the Hamilton District Law Society and as a mentor with the Big Brother Big Sister programme.
Now living in Singapore, Asia is right on Sam's doorstep. He has traveled "countless times" through Indonesia; as well as visits to Malaysian Borneo, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
With a busy career and an already busy life, why not throw training for one of the world's toughest marathons into the mix?
"Well, if you're going to do a marathon you might as well do it right," he says.
Doing it right means heading out running at 5am to beat the blazing Singapore sun before heading to work. Then there are the frequent five hour-plus weekend runs and an intense altitude training programme to get him ready for the low-oxygen environment of Mount Everest.
Now in its 10th year, the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon commemorates the first successful ascent of Everest by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May, 1953.
Starting at Everest Base Camp (5364m), competitors run through extreme alpine conditions to finish at Namche Bazaar (3446m).
With his training already well underway, Sam learned race organisers had added a 60km ultra-marathon to the programme - and promptly signed himself up, adding an even heavier workload to his efforts.
"If you want to enter one of the hardest marathons in the world and say you've really done your best, if you don't want to look back and think 'what if,' you find yourself in a pretty difficult place when a 60km ultra at altitude comes up when you were just planning on doing a marathon," he says.
It's all a pretty big undertaking for a self-confessed "non-runner."
While he finds the discipline required for such a feat a challenge, he says it will all be worth it if he can raise some much-needed funds for an orphanage in Central Java in the process. "It's incredibly difficult to get ahead and pave a life for yourself when you're dealt a dodgy hand to begin with," he explains. "I hope to raise at least the price to enter the marathon (around $NZD3,000) for the orphanage."