William is a well-known Kiwi, sought-after inspirational speaker and an accessible role model to NZ youth. He was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, on the evening of 25 September 2007. William suffered numerous life threatening injuries, and as a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee, requiring extensive recovery and rehabilitation. By adopting a positive attitude and moving on with the support of his family and friends, William was once again, able to embrace his love of the outdoors. The William Pike Challenge Award sees that love passed to a new generation of Kiwi kids.
William has a passion for the outdoors and education. He has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day. William has a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours. He is an experienced Primary School teacher. However, an exit from teaching has seen William follow his dream – to turn the William Pike Challenge Award into New Zealand’s most popular Intermediate and Primary School outdoor education programme.