This story is part of the ‘Meet a MyCoke Winner’ series – showcasing some of our lucky MyCoke winners from all corners of the country.
As a chartered accountant at a regional district health board, it was one of the organisation’s busiest days of the year when a fateful email came across Lucy Crighton’s inbox.
“I got this email that read ‘YOU’VE WON…’ in the subject line,” said Lucy. “But I didn’t make much of it at first.”
Lucy, and her boyfriend, Dan, on the plane to South America.
Having received few competition prizes in her life aside from a free bottle of Coke courtesy of MyCoke, Lucy wasn’t hyperventilating just yet. But when she found out she won an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was due to depart in four weeks time, she buzzed around the office screaming and distracting her coworkers – and who could blame her.
As the shock settled down and excitement took over, Lucy was quickly on the phone to her boyfriend, Dan. “Dan is a builder so he doesn’t always have his phone with him,” Lucy said. “It ended up taking me an hour an half to break the news to him, and he didn’t believe me at first!”
It was the Olympic experience that was the highlight of the trip for the pair, who attended the beach volleyball, swimming, rowing and gymnastics.
With that, a frantic passport renewal process began as the couple prepared for the trip of a lifetime, which included a night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, four nights in Rio de Janeiro, followed by five nights in Armação dos Búzios, an ocean peninsula two and half hours drive east of Brazil’s bubbling capital city.
Despite considering themselves avid travellers, the couple had never visited South America, and it certainly wasn’t what they were expecting. “I found South America to be completely different to how the media had been portraying it,” Lucy said. “There had been so much negative press in the lead up to our trip, but I never felt concerned for my safety.”
Lucy and Dan before they attended the men’s rowing final to celebrate a New Zealand Olympic Gold Medal.
With that being said the couple were smart enough not to tempt fate either. “I think the most outrageous thing that happened to us what getting interview by local media,” Lucy said.
“We were at the rowing and New Zealand had just won an Olympic gold medal. A local journalist asked me what this Olympic Gold Medal meant to our country – they caught me completely by surprise. There was a New Zealand media crew not far away, laughing at how stunned we were.”
Lucy and Dan were lucky enough to witness Michael Phelps win gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
It was the Olympic experience that was the highlight for the pair, who attended the beach volleyball, swimming, rowing and gymnastics. “I think the women’s beach volleyball was Dan’s favourite event, but I’m not sure about mine,” Lucy said.
“Watching New Zealand win gold in rowing was pretty special, but we also saw Michael Phelps win an Olympic Gold Medal in the pool – that was an incredible experience.”
Baleario beach, Copacabana.
While the Olympics stole the show in Rio, Lucy was almost more impressed with the hotel and their VIP treatment during their Rio stay. “Our hotel was right on Balneario beach in Copacabana,” Lucy said.
“The hospitality the Coke team provided was outstanding – it almost felt like I had my own secret service! With my Coke id card and 24 hour access to fridges full of Coke products, we really were given the royal treatment.”
“The hospitality the Coke team provided was outstanding – it almost felt like I had my own secret service,” Lucy said.
Like Lucy you have the opportunity to win a heap of prizes on MyCoke. When you buy any specially marked pack in the Coca-Cola range remember to enter the draw to win, at www.mycoke.co.nz.
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