Meet the Morgan McKinley 2019 Trail Walking teams!

Cherie Angus 19.07.2019

Meet our eight walkers, crazy enough to take on the challenge that has an average completion rate of just 36%.

From 23 - 25 August, these eight volunteers will take on one of the world's toughest challenges - the Oxfam 100km Trailwalk. This will not be just a test of physical endurance, but also mental endurance. Both teams are aiming to complete the 100km course in less than 36 hours. 

We would really appreciate any donations to the cause. A click on either of our teams will lead you to the donation pages.

The Morgan McWalkies

Donate here.

Jack

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
I am still asking myself the same question!! In all seriousness Oxfam is a charity making a difference on a global scale - any money we help raise is going towards a great cause. As an endurance event, it is an excellent achievement and opportunity to get to know your peers.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?  
Senior Consultant - Analytics Division.

What is your nickname? 
Calves.

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
The random conversations that occur around 60km (delusional).

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Getting an injury.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
I completed this in 2017 and I would say the strategy has definitely changed, I can’t wait to give the new strategy a go.

What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
Socialising, I also like running and getting the ocean not temperature-dependent.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I am actually under the age of 30 despite appearance.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
Snakes, dinosaurs and oh more snakes (all gummy hopefully).

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?  
Josh, he always cries at the end of his Mariah solos.

james_tuplin.jpgJames

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker? 
It’s just an amazing event. Not only due to it all being for a worthy cause - Oxfam Trailwalker Australia has raised more than $70 million since 1999 - but also as a physical and mental challenge. It’s also a great advert for the New South Wales countryside - if you haven’t hiked through the Ku-ring-gai National Park then you should!

It’s also been brilliant to connect with Morgan McKinley employees old and new, since we completed it in 2017 - we’ve been talking about it ever since, I’m sure this year will be no different.

What is your role at Commonwealth Bank?  
Talent Acquisition Partner, Morgan McKinley Alumni 

What is your nickname? 
Tups, Tuppers

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
Bizarrely the early morning of Day 2, it’s such a tough period to get through but I’m looking forward to us all banding together and powering on.

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
My knee giving me jip - I dislocated it when I was 15 and it’s never been the same!

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
Took part with my Morgan McKinley colleagues in 2017 and the previous experience will be invaluable to making the challenge more bearable this time round! (When I answered this question in 2017 I said I’d never do this again, but here I am...)

What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
Hanging out with friends, walking, running, gym – anything active.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I am a member of the Movember Platinum Club for raising over $1500 last year for my Tom Selleck moustache.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
Takeaway pizza once I’m home, topped off with a can of VB and a bottle of blue Powerade.

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?  
Everyone, just tears of joy as we cross the finish line.

Josh_hawkinsJosh

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
To raise money for a great cause and to contribute to the MMK Million which is a global corporate social responsibility effort.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?  
Associate Manager - Temporary & Contract Finance Division.

What is your nickname? 
Hawkins / Hawko. 

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
Taking on the challenge and finishing it... also spending some time in the great outdoors will be cool.

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Blisters and the darkness.... 

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
My strategy is to keep putting one leg in front of the other until I have reached 100km.
 
What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
Playing sports and socialising.  

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I can play the drums and solve a Rubix cube (not at the same time, unfortunately).

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
Pizza.... Pepperoni (YUMMY!)

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?  
Probably me... but happy tears from the laughs and banter :D

renee_patu.jpgRenee

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
Giving back to the community is personally very important to me and walking the Trailwalker will also give me the opportunity to challenge myself physically and mentally. 

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?  
Consultant in Risk and Compliance.
 
What is your nickname? 
Ren/Rendog/Rensta/Naynay.

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
The finish line! 

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Walking throughout the night, in the bush, whilst only being able to see my feet.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
Never. My strategy is to not think too far ahead into the future as I don't want to psych myself out!!

What are your favourite activities outside the office
Drinking and eating (not necessarily in that order!)

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
John Farnham and Savage Garden regularly feature in my Spotify song choices.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
Literally anything that doesn't involve me cooking it myself!

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?  
I think we will all feel a bit vulnerable at some point throughout the walk - 100km of walking and 36 hours of no sleep is not a great recipe.

The Morgan McKilometres

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asha_walsh.jpgAsha

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?
To raise money towards the Morgan McKinley Million and for the mental challenge. 

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?  
Senior Consultant - Strategy and Innovation, recruiting for Financial Services.
 
What is your nickname? 
Smasha. 

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
Cherie’s chat.

What is your biggest fear about the walk?
Being the first to cry and not being able to walk again! 

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
Nothing to this level. Taking it one checkpoint at a time and thinking about the food and sleep at the end!! 

What are your favourite activities outside the office?
Going to the beach, running, travelling and eating! 

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I have been sky diving in three different countries.
 
What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?
Roast potatoes and chocolate.
 
Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?
Me, but hopefully at the chat, not the blisters. 

alex_foxworthy.jpgAlex

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
I am taking part in this year's Oxfam 100km Trailwalker to raise money for an exceptional cause and to take on an enormous challenge.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley? 
Senior Consultant - Strategy and Innovation, recruiting for the Retail, Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors

What is your nickname?
Foxy / Big Al

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
I'm looking forward to challenging myself but also getting through it as a team. We will all have highs and low points, so can't wait to keep the motivation going! Also, it will be amazing to see some beautiful scenery.

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Needing to wee at many points along the way! And also the many blisters that will crop up. 

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
I have never done anything like this before. I have always been a short distance athlete, so this will really test both my mental and physical endurance! My strategy is to take each section as it comes, and to tick off incremental gains, rather than focus on how many tens of kilometres we have left!

What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
I love running, generally keeping fit, eating, exploring new places and I am OBSESSED with sausage dogs. 

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I was a chess champion a couple of times.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
I would love a huge bowl of four cheese gnocchi! You can't go wrong with cheese and carbs! 

cherie_angus.jpgCherie

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
I've always wanted to take on the challenge - it's been on my bucket list for a few years now.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?
Marketing Executive  

What is your nickname? 
People in the office call me Chezza......

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?
The chance to see parts of Sydney I have not yet seen.
 
What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Potentially coming across any spiders (they are my biggest fear!)

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
When I was working in the world's biggest theme park, over one of the holiday periods I worked three consecutive 18-hour shifts, and managed to still be standing and smiling at the end of the third shift. My strategy is to break the whole track down based on the checkpoints - when you break the big vision down into small achievable steps, the potential to succeed is much greater!

If a 100km walk wasn't enough, two weeks later I'm participating in the 35km Palm Beach to Manly to raise money for finding a cure for mitochondrial disease. Should you wish to sponsor me for this walk as well, click here to view my page

What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
All things sport, either watching live at the game or playing it myself.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?  
I can speak and understand French, although I've never been to France.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
Whatever my husband decides to cook that night.

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event?
All of us at some point.

Georgina_Gann.pngGeorgina

Why are you participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker?  
Because it will be a huge mental, physical and emotional challenge.

What is your role at Morgan McKinley?  
Consultant - Accounting and Finance (Commerce & Industry),  specialising in Contractual Recruitment.

What is your nickname? 
GG :)

What are you most looking forward to about the walk?  
The feeling when crossing the finish line.

What is your biggest fear about the event?  
Walking through the entire night or letting my teammates down.

Have you ever participated in anything like this before and do you have a strategy to complete it?  
No, I have never done something like this before and will probably never do it again (being honest) but super keen to see what it's like.

What are your favourite activities outside the office? 
Training in the gym and nature walks. 

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? 
That I am absolutely TERRIFIED of snakes and will 100% freak out if we see one on the walk.

What is your favourite food that you’re most looking forward to after the walk?  
A big feed of Mexican or hot chips.

Who is the person most likely to cry during the event? 
It will probably be me, lol.

There is no doubt that this will be a life-changing experience, not just for the walkers and support crew, but also for people living in poverty around the world. From all of us, thank you for your support and donations  so far! Follow our training diary series here and on the MMK LinkedIn page.

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