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Jumping for joy as pogo world record set

Paula Hulburt

One man, one pogo stick, a mountain and a new world record.

Lee Griggs from Seddon is set to spring into the record books after reaching the summit of Mount Fyffe by pogo stick in 23 hours and 15 minutes.

The father-of-three is waiting to have the record verified by officials in America but is confident it will be confirmed.

And he says the blisters and swollen hands have all been worth it to help raise awareness for mental health.

Lee, who previously cycled across Molesworth station on a unicycle, says the challenges he sets himself are meant to replicate challenges faced by those with mental illness.

“The challenges are meant to replicate life in real form. I pick a seemingly impossible task and show it can be done.

“There are a lot of pressures band expectations for people today, especially young people and I want to show that by chipping away at something, you can get there”, he says.

The support of friends and family on the day was crucial says Lee Griggs. Photo: Supplied.

From the Esplanade in Kaikoura town centre to the mountain’s peak Lee says he had to concentrate hard throughout.

But the jubilant dad achieved his goal of reaching the top in under 24 hours.

“I nailed it, with 45 minutes to spare. It’s been hard on the hands and I have tender ligaments and swollen knuckles.

“It looks like I’ve set a new record. I had to film every minute of it using a Go-Pro for verification.

“Every time I stopped I had to stay in exactly the same spot. I couldn’t just wander around and go back to where I got off”, he says.

With the support of hid family who trekked alongside while he bounced his way to history, Lee says he is “hugely grateful” for the support he has.

“It was a real team effort,” he says.

Lee, who himself has suffered from depression in the past, says physical exercise is vital to helping keep the condition under control.

But having only ever used his sister’s second-hand stick more than a decade ago, he was dubious about how the challenge would go.

“I’m doing this because nearly 50 per cent of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own”, he says.

The America-based head of a stunt pogo team called Xpogo is helping Lee verify his record.

Once all the information has been substantiated it will then be passed onto Guinness Book of Records for the final stamp of approval.

“I’m confident we’ll get a new record out of it”, Lee says.

To donate to the Mental Health Foundation and mark Lee’s mammoth achievement, visit events https://events.mentalhealth.org.nz/fundraisers/leegriggs/Pogo-Mt-Fyffe

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