No challenge is too great, Quincey tells graduates

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26 Mar 2013

No challenge is too great – that’s the message that cross-Tasman rower Shaun Quincey plans to give graduates when he speaks at CPIT’s two Autumn Graduation ceremonies on Thursday 28 March.

“Rowing the Tasman Sea took me 54 days, 34 of which I was blown backwards towards Australia. Staying positive and persevering were the tools I had to use every day in order to get back on the oars and grind away at the miles towards New Zealand,” Quincey said.

His epic solo journey completed earlier this year will no doubt inspire the 721 CPIT students graduating in person on the day to pursue their own goals as they begin their careers across a range of sectors.

Amongst them are the first graduates from the Pasifika Trades Training carpentry programme, which was launched at the beginning of 2012, and the first Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates.

Shaun Quincey

Despite his achievements and subsequent public speaking engagements, Quincey admitted to feeling a little intimidated by the opportunity of being guest speaker.

“Speaking to CPIT’s graduation is an incredible privilege! It is slightly intimidating that I will be presenting to a crowd of graduates who have proven that they have what it takes to succeed. I hope my story will leave the new graduates feeling that no challenge is too big and that they can tackle their aspirations head-on with their new qualifications.”

Quincey’s father was the first New Zealander to row across the Tasman and already his 25-year-old adventurer son is planning more epic journeys. Quincey’s current plans include rowing the Atlantic solo and teaming up with Sir Peter Blake's son James Blake to row in the Pacific Ocean Rowing Race.