On Monday 26th October, 2015 Lynn Paterson decided to go for a "paddle" from Takapuna Beach, Auckland - a 5,500 kilometre paddle!!
LYNN'S VISION:TO KAYAK THE COASTLINE OF NEW ZEALAND.
SHE SUCCEEDED ON 31st DECEMBER 2016
Lynn says there is no age barrier to living your dream, which for her is kayaking more than 5000 kilometres of the country's coastline while raising awareness of mental health issues.
A good day on planet Lynn Paterson was seeing a decent-sized fin as she paddled her kayak along New Zealand's coastline. Give the ocean adventurer a glimpse of a dolphin, seal, shark, and she was happy.
So what prompted this seemingly normal Kiwi to decide to take on such an incredible challenge?
"It was one of those dinner party topics", she says, during which people talk about something they always dream of doing. Last year one friend called her on it. "I had always had an excuse not to do it. Then I decided I would do it by the time I hit 50".
It was 53 before Lynn started her journey but that didn't matter to Lynn.
In completing her epic journey, Lynn raised $50,000 for Mental Health along the way.
Why she did it, what adventures did she have along the way and what she learnt about her self makes for an amazing presentation.