Ambassadors

Damian Schulz @damo_the_pharaoh

Damian Schulz @damo_the_pharaoh

Damo (one half of the pharaohs team) has completed 34 Tough Mudders, and epitomises everything the Tough Mudder brand represents. He is always willing to  help out other mudders on course, give advice, a hand, or a word of encouragement. We couldn’t think of a better guy to be an ambassador, so let’s find out what keeps him coming back for more.

What makes you keep coming back for more?

Tough Mudder is unlike other events. There is a strong community feel amongst the returning Mudders and it’s always great coming to events and meeting new Mudders. On course there is always support from your teammates and total strangers, it’s all about the camaraderie and helping each other get to the finish line. The course design is always challenging and the new obstacles each year make sure you keep coming back to conquer them. Tough Mudder events are always a priority in my calendar.

What is your fitness routine like? 

Maintaining a good fitness routine is never easy especially with work getting in the way. I normally run 3-4 times a week in the early hours and that sets me up for the day. When my training is peaking I will run 50-60kms a week and at other times this will drop to 20-30kms. On top of the running I try to fit in 2-3 strength sessions and especially focus on grip strength for the TM obstacles.

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?

I love getting away from the daily grind by running bush trails and doing Tough Mudders. I’m pretty easy going and am willing to take on new challenges (within reason). I’m very organised and like to have things well planned (except when out on a TM course)

If you had a superpower what would it be? 

To be invisible, imagine the fun you could have!

Which obstacle is your favourite? 

It would have to be King of The Swingers – it’s a real mental challenge leaping out to the trapeze and not knowing how you’re going to hit the water

Most memorable experience at TM? 

There’s been many memorable moments out on the TM course but the one that really sticks with me was helping out Andy Short and his team to complete the Sydney course in 2014. Andy was born with cerebral palsy and amazed everyone on course that day with how he approached and completed each obstacle – truly inspiring.


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Nigel McIntosh @nigelmcintosh70

Nigel McIntosh @nigelmcintosh70

Nigel is a legend around Tough Mudder, he’s been with us since our very first event in Phillip Island in 2012.

I have met so many great people doing TMs, made friends for life. Every event is like a family reunion, Its so awesome turning up to events and seeing so many legionnaire headbands (so returning mudders) but not just the legionnaires also the whole TMHQ crew so many great people involved. I have to pay special praise to TMs local Comedians (so called) Danny and Simon, These guys are 100% on all day, every day and they really help make event days something special.

What is your fitness routine like?

Depending on events I run most days hitting between 20-50 kms a week BUT if I’m doing Worlds Toughest Mudder I would be running around the 100kms mark! Not bad considering that I’m not a runner at all but I love these events so it’s a necessary evil. I will do 2 or 3 crossfit type high intensity sessions plus some specifics e.g grip strength workouts (this is key for Tough Mudders) . I will also try and fit in the one or two Yoga/recovery type session to keep the old body balanced.

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?
– I have a wicked sweet tooth ! I love it all, ice cream and coke are my big weaknesses….I could eat Charlies chocolate factory, for breakfast
– I am from small town New Zealand and am a very proud Kiwi, I still support my old local rugby teams no matter how sh*t they are going…..I’m looking at you Southland !!
– I have two dogs that have me wrapped around their wee paws….Tibetan Spaniels Taro and Misa

If you had a superpower what would it be?
Time travel: I would shoot back in time and buy shares in Apple, Coke etc so I didn’t have to work and could travel the world doing TMs…oh and I would shoot back in time and invent TM when I was 20 years old so I could have a few more years doing them (sorry Will Dean).

Which obstacle is your favourite?
From a teamwork/fun perspective you can’t go past “Blockness Monster”….so much fun is had on that thing.
I should mention that I love watching Electric Shock Therapy……….hate doing it ! Love watching it

Most memorable experience at TM?
My very first TM was amazing, life changing in fact ! I had settled into a lazy lifestyle and had picked up a few unhealthy habits, when TM showed up it gave me a focus and drive to get fit again, to get outside and enjoy life. Running the course, taking on all the obstacles it was just brilliant old fashioned fun.

Also finishing my very first Worlds Toughest Mudder (that’s 24 hours of nonstop TM action, it was such a commitment months of training, selection gear, travel… It’s such an epic event and really a venture into the unknown so to make it the full 24 hours and to bang out a few miles was amazing.

Tough Mudder is unlike other events. There is a strong community feel amongst the returning Mudders and it’s always great coming to events and meeting new Mudders. On course there is always support from your teammates and total strangers, it’s all about the camaraderie and helping each other get to the finish line. The course design is always challenging and the new obstacles each year make sure you keep coming back to conquer them. Tough Mudder events are always a priority in my calendar.

 


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MATT WALKER @thematttwalker

MATT WALKER @thematttwalker

Fresh off the Ninja Warrior set, we caught up with our 2017 Sydney ambassador Matt to find out why he loves Tough Mudder.

“I am 4 Tough Mudders deep and many more to come! The Tough Mudder world is so much fun. Everyone who runs is there to support eachother and make sure every Mudder makes it through to the end. My advice to future Mudders is to train mid to long distance runs leading up to TM! Once your shoes fill with water or mud, your feet become twice as heavy!”

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?
I have a soft spot for animals
I have the travel bug. Badly
I’m addicted to my training

If you had a superpower what would it be?
I just can’t go past having the power to fly. There would be no feeling like it!

Most memorable experience at TM?
I’ll never forget my first Tough Mudder. I ran alone (my entire team pulled out due to injuries), and blacked out TWICE on electroshock therapy at the finish line, but managed to finish within the top 5% of competitors!

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Sam Bramham O.A.M. @sbramham

Sam Bramham O.A.M. @sbramham

What are you looking forward to at Tough Mudder?

Seeing my boss get electrocuted on one of the obstacles. Nah! Bonding with my work colleagues over something that takes guts, perseverance and team work. I haven’t had the chance to experience team work in the physical sense since retiring from Paralympic competition, so I am really excited.

What made you want to sign up to run?

We are competitive office and it all started from office banter about who is the fittest and what not. One of my colleagues also wanted to give it a crack, I had already completed the Phillip Island course and the ball started rolling from there – now, here we are!

What is your fitness routine like?

I would love to insert a rigorous and grueling training routine in here, but as of the moment – cakes, pizza and beer…and the occasional salad leaf. I have, however drafted a 1 month training plan which starts this Friday 15 September. I will be running at least 5km per day on my running prosthetic/ running blade (I had my leg amputated when I was five due to a bone marrow issues). You may remember the running blade if you watched Oscar Pistorius on television – but don’t worry, that’s the only thing we have in common.  I will return to the swimming pool twice per week and swim 3km distance type sessions. I will also be getting to the gym at least 3 or 4 times per week to work on my upper body strength.

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?

Bit of a dick head, competitive and stubborn. Pretty toxic, but effective, combination really.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

To be able to choose whatever super power I wanted, when I wanted.

What obstacle are you most fearful of?

The vertical ramp. Last time I slipped and face planted. I had to jog around it last time, so as fearful as I am, I really want to get this one done. Maybe my work colleagues can just lift me over it…

Most memorable experience at TM?

At the Phillip Island course, there was a lady in her 60’s completing the course. The large cargo nets proved extremely difficult for her to climb over as you need strength and flexibility. This lady definitely had both, but it was a hard obstacle for even the most youthful. Everyone on cargo nets joined together and helped the lady up and over. The queue of keen participants behind us was building up fast but everyone waited patiently and applauded the lady once she completed the obstacle. It was really motivating and warming to watch.

What was your experience on Ninja Warrior?

I slipped up on the second obstacle so I did not get to experience much! I really wanted to give the rest of the obstacles a crack once the cameras are off, but they take you right away from the course so that you gain no extra advantage if you were to compete in the next season. One thing that I appreciate about the experience is seeing kids in play grounds again. Our youth have grown up in the tech era and it keeps them inside behind closed doors. The show seemed to motivate a lot kids and they aspire to get onto the show to impress Mum, Dad and their friends. That’s really cool.

 


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Phoebe Timmins @bephoe

Phoebe Timmins @bephoe

What are you looking forward to at Tough Mudder?

I’m looking forward to challenging myself alongside a great group of people! I love endurance events, it really motivates me to train hard and push myself so I’m looking forward to the lead up to the event as well.

What made you want to sign up to run?

I’ve always wanted to have a go at Tough Mudder. I like taking on things that really push my comfort zone. I’m always looking for my next big challenge (not just physically)! No doubt there’ll be a few laughs along the way too!

What is your fitness routine like?

I’ve been really pushing myself lately. I tend to do weights, boxing or circuit training most days over my lunch to break up the working day. I’ve always been a runner so I usually run a few evenings a week too. And I sometimes mix it up with yoga or a long hike.

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?

• I love people and truly enjoy making genuine connections. I’m generous and I have the time of day for absolutely anyone, my heart is always open!
• I’ve got a fun sense of humour – I’m often self-deprecating and I’m very liberal, I don’t take myself too seriously.
• The simple things in life make me happy – my family, great friends, deep conversation, good cheese, great wine, travel, new experiences, fun challenges, fitness, dogs and of course, good coffee!

If you had a superpower what would it be?

Teleportation. Just imagine the possibilities!

What obstacle are you most fearful of?

Fearful? I don’t do fearful. Excepting spiders, I’m not fearful of anything.

However, I expect to be most challenged by anything that makes me feel claustrophobic, something like the birth canal obstacle!

 

What was your experience on Survivor?

I was totally robbed! Just kidding. I loved it. It was such a transformative experience. It was a life-long dream to play and I am so proud of my strategic game. It was tough out there but I genuinely achieved what I set out to and I walked away feeling empowered, excited and evolved. Beyond the island, Survivor has brought so many wonderful people and opportunities into my life and so I will always feel grateful for that.

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