Odyssey Challenge tests to the limit

2015-07-08 06:00
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Ginette Chubb with her winning photo which she used to enter the Ford  Ranger Odyssey Challenge.

PHOTO: supplied Ginette Chubb with her winning photo which she used to enter the Ford Ranger Odyssey Challenge.

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PMB resident Ginette Chubb will be jetting off to some of the most desolate parts of Namibia on 21 July to start the Ford Ranger Odyssey Challenge.

After competing in the boot camp last month along with 39 other contestants that were chosen from 1 100 applicants from South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Chubb was selected for the top 20 and is one of the three people selected from the province.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Chubb said that the boot camp was physically and psychologically gruelling.

“We spent four days in Prins Albert. The first two days seriously tested our physical capabilities and the last two, because we didn’t get any sleep, challenged us mentally when all we wanted to do was rest.”

The boot camp tested their technical knowledge of the vehicles and was an onslaught of who they were as individuals.

“There was a gruelling interview where a panel of 25 people threw questions at you that ranged from your knowledge of the vehicle to what type of person you are, some people walked out of there crying.

“It was like a job interview on steroids,” said Chubb.

Chubb said she entered because she wanted to push herself to do something different.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an awesome way to learn how to 4x4, which I didn’t know how to drive before I went to the boot camp.”

The main competition will take place in the most desolated and isolated parts of Namibia, places that no one will ever get to go to.

The 20 participants will go head-to-head in the challenge, which will end on 5 August.

The aim behind the Odyssey is to grow the Ford Ranger brand and name a brand ambassador who will promote the vehicle for a year.

“They take ordinary people and make them do extraordinary things in order to show that their vehicles are for anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Chubb.

To follow the challenge find the Ranger Odyssey series on YouTube where daily videos about the journey will be posted

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