Meet The Team
Dare 2 Sweat Events (D2SE) comprises a small but highly-skilled and professional team of passionate outdoor adventure lovers working together to deliver the best quality outdoor events on the NZ calendar.
Neil Gellatly established the event company Dare 2 Sweat Events in 2004 in order to deliver quality adventurous outdoor events similar to those that had constituted a huge part of his earlier life when he was one of the Country’s & World’s best multisport athletes. Beginning with a challenging yet fun Mighty Waiau River Race attracting a mere 35 entrants, events have grown in size to the monster 1632 entrant Spirited Women – All women’s Adventure Race. Driven to get details right and exceed expectations, Neil leads a small professional event team which sets high standards for others to follow. Neil and his event company are regarded highly throughout Australasia amongst industry peers, the business community, marshall groups, charities, sponsors, media and a loyal following of event entrants.- Neil Gellatly – Company & Event Director
Debbie has been hooked on Adventure Racing since her first 24 hour event in 2000. Since then she has competed in numerous multi-day Adventure races in New Zealand and overseas. Her passion for Adventure racing runs deep and her mission is to share the sport with as many people as possible. She loves all that Adventure racing has to offer and gets a real kick out of seeing people upskill and build confidence through the sport. She feels very privileged to be working on this event and can’t wait to see the smiles on the faces of the participants as they cross the finish line every year.- Debbie Chambers – Event Manager
Adventure brought Neil and Kat together over 20 years ago and they have been working together on various adventure-based projects since then. As well as collaborating on the companies strategic decision-making Kat’s graphic design flair and skill has helped them to present their events at the top of the industry. Kat enjoys the problem-solving aspect of design and the event company brings a vast array of design opportunities across her desk. Adventure plays a large part in her conceptual design process and she can often be spotted on her MTB or out running to get the creative process underway.
Passion has been a constant throughout Kezia’s career in the outdoor events world. Her personal mission is to encourage positive change through all aspects of life. She thrives on seeing inspiring females push beyond their comfort zone, gaining self-confidence and challenging themselves through adventure. As an avid off-road runner, surfer, ocean swimmer and adventure seeker herself, she leads by example and enjoys every minute of it. With a heart-filled desire to serve, she feels blessed to be working on this inspiring event, which is a task she doesn’t take lightly.- Kezia Trask – Event Manager – Operations & Marketing