Nigel showed some talent as a long distance runner at school but at university got into the full range of outdoor activities available through the Monash BushWalking Club, which included skiing, kayaking and rogaining. As his endurance and navigation skill developed, so did his success at rogaining, eventually winning the World Rogaining Championships in 1998 and the Australian Rogaining Championships in 2000 and 2001.
As adventure racing developed, Nigel saw it as the natural progression from long distance running and rogaining. He loved experiencing the different locations in which the adventure races were set. Nigel competed in several Southern Traverse and EcoChallenge events before teaming up with Tom Landon-Smith, Alina McMaster and Matt Dalziel to form the successful team AROC. (More about AROC on the Adventure Racing page.)
TeamAROC came second in the 2003 Primal Quest race and were looking forward to going one better in 2004. On day 3, the team was going down a gully from Mt Illabot to the next checkpoint with Nigel leading the race. A large boulder was dislodged at the top of the gully. As it rapidly gained momentum, it narrowly missed the other members of the team. But further down, Nigel was not so fortunate and suffered massive and fatal head injuries. The race stopped before recommencing later in a shortened form.
Nigel was highly regarded in the community and friends encouraged Nigel's family to set up this foundation to leave a legacy by supporting the sports Nigel loved and gave so much to. (More about the foundation on the About NAMSF page.)
Links to tributes; sites with news of Nigel's activities