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Men’s Basketball Update from Australia/New Zealand (Sept. 6)


What a blast our program had zip lining around the New Zealand mountains today! Unlike our first day here, the weather was much clearer and gave us great visibility. We started our day off by walking to the base of a mountain where we broke down into groups of three and loaded into ski lift cars that towed us to the top. We then met our guides for the day, where we had a quick breakdown of safety tips before we began our adventure. The course had six different lines that we had the chance to go down. Over the course of the day, we learned different cool tricks to do while going down the line such as going completely upside down! The last leg of the adventure was the steepest drop in the world, that stretched over 300 meters and got us up to speeds of 70 km/h on the way down. Overall, it was a great way to see Queenstown from above and have some great laughs with teammates and coaches. We are really looking forward to these next 11 days, as each day gets better and better. Off to Christchurch tomorrow to run a kids basketball clinic!

- John Steinberg ('16)