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Ambassador Profile: Grayson

Please join us in welcoming one of our newest ambassadors, Grayson, to the Nuun Hydration family! He rings in as our youngest ambassador, but at age 11 he’s already killing it out on the golf course and at spreading Nuun love. Check him out!

General Information

Name:  Grayson

Age: 11

Birthplace: Seattle, WA

GPA: 3.48

Sports: Golf (main sport) and Basketball (during the winter months)

Coaches: Chris Getz at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, WA and my dad

 

Equipment

Driver: Taylormade Rocketballz

Fairway Wood: Taylormade Burner 5 wood

Hybrid: Taylormade Burner 24 degree

Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0

Wedges: Cleveland

Putter: Taylormade Ghost

Golf Ball: Taylormade Penta

Sports Drink: Nuun Strawberry-Lemonade

 

Experience and Goals

Year Started Playing Golf: 2002, on my first birthday my dad got me a plastic set of clubs from Walmart. Then when I was 3 I got my first real club.  A cut down 8 iron.

Tournaments Win’s Through 7/1/12: 15 (13 in the USA and 2 in Canada)

Number of Golf Courses Played: 89 & counting. I am hoping to get to 100 this year.

Favorite Golf Course: Chambers Bay

Future golf goals: Win a state championship, then play college golf, then become a professional.

 

A Bit From Grayson:

My name is Grayson and I have been playing golf since my first birthday party when my dad gave me my first set of clubs.  They were a plastic set and I wore them out.  I love hitting golf balls and watching them fly thru the air.  Saturdays are a big golf day with my dad. We will normally play 18 holes in the morning, break for lunch, chip and putt in the afternoon, and end the day with 9 more holes of golf before the sun goes down. Saturdays are very long with lots of walking.  Some golf courses have water fountains every few holes and some do not. Staying hydrated is important on these long golf days.  On my golf cart is a cup holder and I always have my Nuun water bottle with Strawberry Lemonade Nuun inside.  Sometimes my dad will give me a piece of a Strawberry Lemonade Nuun & I let it fizzle in my mouth while I drink water. It helps keep me going. Especially on hot days. During tournaments that don’t allow caddies I have to remind myself to drink my fluids, otherwise when my dad caddies he has to remind me to drink my fluids so I don’t burn out at the end of a tournament.  Besides golf, I play basketball during the winter.  I played point guard this past season we went 8-0, which was fun.  Sports keep me busy and I love to compete.

 

Nuun Athlete Bio: Christy Mata

We’re proud to welcome International athlete Christy Mata to the Nuun family! Christy is a 26 year old from Panama who recently entered the amateur triathlon world. Christy is having a great season so far, and we wish her much luck in Las Vegas and Kona!

 

A bit about Christy:

Christy is a lawyer but wanted to try something new so started casually doing racing in Panama. But she quickly fell in love with it and decided to challenge herself in her first international race in 2010 in Pucon. Her first year was overwhelmingly great; she qualified for the World Championships! But in 2011 she hit a wall while living in Switzerland. She felt out of place, worn down and was missing her career back home. So she returned to Panama and regained the motivation she had been missing.

In her own inspiring words, “2010 gave me the wings, 2011 gave me the strength and 2012 gives me hope. There is always a place for your dreams to come true…NEVER GIVE UP!

 

Started Competing: 2009

 

Favorite Nuun Flavor: Grape

 

Accomplishments:

-1st in age group at Ironman 70.3 Pucon 2010, qualified for World Champs

-1st in age group at Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, qualified for Ironman World Championship Kona 2010.

-Ironman Nice 2010

-Challenge Roth 2010

-2nd in age group at Kona Ironman World Championship 2010

-Clearwater 70.3 World Championships 2010

-3rd place St. Croix 2011

-4th place Ironman St. George 2011

-Ironman Frankurt 2011

-Ironman Cozumel 2011, P.R. 10:31

-1st amateur & 1st in age group at 70.3 Panama 2012, qualified for Las Vegas 70.3 World Championship

-1st in age group at St. Croix 2012, qualified for Kona

Obese to Exergaming World Record Holder

Our new Nuun ambassador Carrie Swidecki is already up to big things. On June 16th she will try to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Marathon on a Motion-Sensing Dance Game using Dance Central 2 on the Xbox Kinect.

To put things in perspective for our readers, this means Carrie will be dancing for over 20 hours straight!

Carrie is the only female to have broken the Dance Dance Revolution marathon Guinness World Record, and has a few more world records lined up including the Dance Central 2 marathon and Dance Dance Revolution.

Her life has been changed by her involvement in exergaming, as Carrie was once obese. Carrie’s story is particularly inspiring, as not only is she a world record holder, but she dedicates her dancing (and running!) to fighting childhood obesity and raising awareness.

Good luck on the 16th Carrie! Your Nuun family will be cheering you on!!

 

Carrie’s story in her own words:

The last 11 years, has been an incredible journey both mentally and physically. Within 6 years from graduating from high school, I had gained 90 pounds. I had gone from being a 120-pound athlete to being obese. I was 210 pounds, plus size 18- 20, and living my life in the past. 11 years ago, I was walking past the arcade eating a donut when I discovered Dance Dance Revolution. Little did I know that this game would change my life.

Since then, I have lost 75 pounds, become an advocate to fight childhood obesity in the school systems, and am a World Record Holder. On July 27-28, 2011, I was invited by Konami to make my record setting attempt for the Longest Marathon on a Dance/Rhythm Game using Dance Dance Revolution Supernova 2 at the US Obesity Prevention Summit in Charleston, West Virginia. I danced for 16 hours and 9 minutes!  My Guinness attempt was inspired by my desire to bring awareness to fighting childhood obesity in our school systems, but in a fun and exciting way.

Over time, I have broken the odds of being a female gamer, being obese, and aging in the process, to set a World Record.  Through all of this, I feel like I’m just getting started as what I can achieve as an endurance athlete. At my 1st Half Marathon at Disneyland over Labor Day weekend 2011, I discovered Nuun at my first half marathon Expo in 2011. Since then, it has become a key ingredient to keeping me hydrated and will hopefully help me break another World Record.

I never realized the impact my story had on people, until one of my 2nd grade students told me, “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher, so I can run marathons and break World Records!”  This year, not only am I dedicating my Guinness attempt to anyone who has been struggling with obesity, but to my students and their parents.  My greatest accomplishment is being able to integrate my passion for exergaming into my 2nd grade classroom. The last 2 years I have written grants through Donorschoose.org, which has allowed me to use Dance Dance Revolution, Just Dance, and other video games in my classroom for Physical Education as a way to get students excited about fitness.

I want to thank Nuun for sponsoring me as an endurance athlete whose platform is on video games. 11 years ago, I never imagined I would be sponsored as an athlete by a sports drink company, or hold a World Record. I was 210 pounds and just wanted to get good enough at Dance Dance Revolution, so I could play in local tournaments. It just shows, that when you find something you love and stick with it, you can achieve anything in this world!

Nuun can help you flip a telephone pole over in the air. Seriously.

Yes, that is right Nuun fans, Nuun isn’t just for endurance athletes! Nuun works great for power athletes as well; every type of athletic performance is dependent on all of your muscles and systems being primed and in peak condition – which means hydrated. Take it from Mike, his Nuun helps him perform at a high level in a little known sport that everyone should know about; Highland Games Competitions.

Its pretty amazing but why don’t we let Mike tell you a little more…

Hi, my name is Mike, and I like to throw heavy stuff around…in a skirt…  And it helps to be hydrated! Sounds like the introduction for some kind of twisted AA meeting, but in my circles it’s a pretty standard introduction!  I started throwing the shot-put and discuss in high school back in 1991.  In college, I focused mainly on the hammer and earned a few All-American medals in my pursuit.  After graduate school, continued training and throwing heavy stuff, chasing a dream to compete in the Olympics.  I made it to the Olympic Trials, but was never going to be good enough to have a shot at making a team without drugs, so I quit.  At the time, my coach was using some highland games events for cross training.  I’m an “all-rounder” as they say in Scotland – not the best at one thing, but above the bar at lots of things combined – so highland games were a great fit for me. 

The highland games generally consist of 8 or 9 events, contested over 1 or 2 days.  It’s considered to be one of the oldest sports in the world, and it’s the origin of our current track and field events.  We throw rocks and weights for distance, weights and bags of hay for height (some pics attached), old fashioned sledge hammers, and we flip a “telephone pole” end over end in the highland games signature event, the caber toss.  No one really knows how the some of the heavy events were started for the highland games, but you can be pretty sure there was a bit of single malt involved… again Nuun comes in handy after an intense round of that too!

The weights that are thrown are traditional scale weights that were used at market to weigh goods.  These are 2-stone and 4-stone (stone = 14 pounds) weights that would have been all over Scotland.  We throw the heavy and light weights for distance from a box painted on the ground (called a trig).  You have to stay inside the trig just like a shot putter has to stay inside the circle.  The hammers are also thrown for distance, but unlike the traditional track and field hammer throw, you’re not allowed to move your feet.  We wear boots with long spikes on them to dig our feet into the ground.  Then we wind this thing around our heads and let ‘er rip.

You put a couple guys together with some rocks and weights and it’s not long before one says to the other, “Hey, I bet I can throw this farther than you can…”.  There are records and rumors of clans using these tests of strength to judge soldiers and warriors.  They say the sheaf toss is directly from farmers throwing hay into second story hay lofts – so there’s not much of a stretch there.  And there are all sorts of ideas about how the caber toss was conceived, ranging from loggers putting trees into the deepest part of the river to armies flipping trees to scale castle walls (why not just bring a ladder?).  All I know about it is that you have to drive it with your shoulder hard, just to the point before your collar bone breaks, and then pull it like you’re trying to tear the bumper off a truck. Simple, right? 

I’m 34 years old, competing against kids just coming into their prime.  I’m an engineer working close to 60 hours a week, so getting the most out of my training and recovery are critical.  That’s where Nuun comes in.  Dehydrated muscles are sore, cramped, tight muscles.  In a sport where I need to be flexible, fast, and powerful, I find that optimum hydration is one of those small efforts that make a big difference to keep me competitive.

Thanks for sharing, Mike! We’re happy to welcome you to the Nuun family and can’t wait to watch you continue chasing the world record for the hammer throws. Next up Mike will be competing in Maryville, TN., then in Costa Mesa at a large 2-day game.