Four days of intense training and assessment have revealed the Top 10 finalists for the Ford Ranger Odyssey Africa 2013. The individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have been selected based on their performance at the Ranger Odyssey Boot Camp, which was held this past weekend in Johannesburg.
From hundreds of applications, 17 semi-finalists* were selected for the Boot Camp where they underwent a rigorous training programme that focussed on the essential aspects of 4x4 and convoy driving, camp set-up, team work and communication skills.
“Boot Camp put the diverse group of competitors through their paces on a wide range of challenges,” says Gavin Golightly, Ford Marketing Manager. “The level of enthusiasm and commitment throughout the four days of competition was truly exceptional, and we have to congratulate each of the brave semi-finalists for giving it everything throughout the selection process.”
Ultimately there’s only space for 10 finalists, and they were chosen based on a wide range of aspects, including their team dynamics, proficiency in the 4x4 tasks, technical knowledge and their approach towards social media, which is the primary communication channel throughout the 21-day Ranger Odyssey.
“Aside from showing off the remarkable capabilities of the Ford Ranger, we have emerged with a fantastic group of dynamic people that embody the spirit of the Ranger Odyssey. They are relishing the experience of a lifetime on this 8 000 km adventure through six African countries,” concludes Golightly.
Competitors from Gauteng dominate the list with six finalists. Alex Cruickshanks (28), from Randpark Ridge, is a management consultant by day, but clearly used his sporting ability as a multiple SA rowing champion to his advantage to secure his spot on the main event. “Driving through Africa has always been a dream of mine, and this is a great opportunity to live the dream” he says.
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