Gráinne Moss Talks About Lake Taupo and Cook Strait Crossings On WOWSA Live
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
The 51-year-old mother-of-four Moss is one of a small number of female chief executives in New Zealand. She is also a member of the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland with a long career. She was not only the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel when she was 17, but she also recently completed a 40.2 km crossing of Lake Taupo in New Zealand on April 1st 2021. Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand and is the size of Singapore.
During her WOWSA Live interview, Moss spoke about the cold air temperature that her crew – that included both her mother and father – had to bear across Lake Taupo and the spooky lake fog.
Her mother who is a nurse, and her father have long served as observers on the North Channel and for the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association. She also credited Philip Rush for being so emotionally involved with her crossing. “Philip is amazing at his craft,” said Moss who started doing marathon swims at the age of 16 and now has a 35-year swimming career – to date…with no end in sight.
Gráinne Moss’ career spans 30 years in the public and private sectors across three countries, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand.
Moss has recently been appointed as All of New Zealand Government CEO for Pay Equity, prior to this she was the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.
Before this role, Moss spent nine years with Bupa Care Services New Zealand, the largest aged care provider in NZ first as a General Manager and then as Managing Director.
Moss was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognised as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.Gráinne also holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 1990s
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