Dan Carter All Blacks
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Dan Carter wanted to see what he “still had in his belly.” At 40, the young retiree can be reassured.

Dan Carter had challenged himself to achieve 1,598 (like the number of points he scored in the black jersey, a world record) penalties in 24 hours to raise funds for UNICEF for poor children in the Pacific Islands.

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At the end of the effort, the former star of the All Blacks took up the bet. In metronome. At Auckland’s Eden Park, the field of his many past exploits, he hit 1,637 kicks (on the 22-meter line) to reach 1,598. That’s a success rate of 98%! And 66 kicks were attempted on average per hour…

“When you do something much bigger than yourself and see the gifts coming up on the screen, it inspires you to hold on.”

Dan Carter

Dan Carter admitted to finishing by gritting his teeth because of “big pain” in the quadriceps, which he had to get massaged regularly.

“But when you do something much bigger than yourself and see the gifts coming up on the screen, it inspires you to hold,” the caption added. Who said he was “very moved” at the end of these 24 hours.

“I just want to go to the Pacific and give them the money,” he immediately commented. Specifying, however, that his “immediate priority” was to go… sleep.

More than 240,000 euros were raised.

This performance enabled Dan Carter to raise 380,000 New Zealand dollars (240,000 euros) to improve water sanitation for 134,000 children in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

A sum that can still grow since the call for donations is still open via the site dedicated to this “kickathon”: (https://dancarter.com/kickathon).

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