It’s been six months since Richie and Gemma McCaw got hitched in the wedding of the decade at the Olive Grove, Lake Wanaka, and Spy thinks that’s an anniversary worth celebrating.
It seems married life is as busy as ever for the sporting superstars.
Last weekend they went to the final All Blacks-Lions test at Eden Park and managed to catch up with America’s Cup winners Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Simon Van Velthooven and Joe Sullivan.
The week before they packed ample protein bars and completed the Hillary Trail with friends, proving the truism that couples who work-out together stay together. Not even a week into wedded bliss and they did a 20km track during their honeymoon. Within a month they had completed the Coast to Coast mountain run and have since done a number of South Island hikes. Even a visit to Gemma’s home town of Mt Maunganui was capped off by a race up the Mount.
There have been a number of overseas trips. Late January the couple attended the Australian Open in Melbourne as VIPs, returning to the city in April for a celebrity wedding for a friend of Gemma’s and motor racing and golf for Richie. Later that month they were in Hong Kong where they took in the bright lights, the Sevens and you guessed it, some more hiking.
They’ve also had separate engagements offshore. In late May, Gemma took back her hockey stick and had a great week in Los Angeles playing in the California Cup, while Richie did media for his documentary Chasing Great in Europe in early February. In April he was in New York with AIG for rugby duties and in late May visited Japan for the “Support Our Kids” Charity tour, and checked out facilities ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Apart from attending a number of red carpet events as Mr and Mrs McCaw, our favourite moment so far was when they took their second leap of faith this year, tandem jumping off the Kawarau bungy bridge in Queenstown, which Richie described as “A great Sunday wake-up”.
Six months in and Spy is eagerly awaiting news on the patter of tiny All Black or Black Stick feet. No pressure guys — and Happy Anniversary!