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New Zealand’s (now) very own Wojtek Czyz is making waves, and not just in the world of para badminton. No stranger to global fame having won no less than four Paralympic Gold Medals over the years, he’s just been highlighted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Action Goals initiative, as a champion both on the court and in the realm of sustainability.

@Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images from International Paralympic Committee.

The Journey of a Green Athlete

Wojtek’s story is one of resilience, passion and a deep commitment to making the world a better place. From winning four Paralympic gold medals to co-founding sailing4handicaps, a global initiative to create prostheses for those in need, he’s a man on a mission. But it doesn’t stop there. Wojtek is also a fervent advocate for sustainability, striving to become New Zealand’s first “Green Player” by integrating eco-friendly practices into every facet of his life.

Driving Towards a Sustainable Future

Wojtek Czyz, Paralympian, with his Ebbett sponsored Opel Mokka-e EV.

Now, what’s a Tarmac Life story without a bit of car talk? Wojtek drives one of our favourite little EVs at the moment, the Opel Mokka-e, a sleek electric vehicle supplied by Wojtek’s Green Mobility partner, Ebbett Hamilton. This isn’t just a stylish choice; it’s a statement. By opting for an electric vehicle, Wojtek is reducing his carbon footprint and driving us all towards a more sustainable future.

Charging Up the Green Way with Eco-Smart

Paralympian Wojtek Czyz with Opel Mokka-e EV and Wallbox Pulsar Plus Eco-Smart charger in New Zealand.

But an electric vehicle is only as green as its power source, right? That’s where Wallbox’s Eco-Smart feature comes into play. With Eco-Smart, you’re not just charging; you’re in control of your energy. This clever feature allows you to use green energy generated from your solar panels or wind turbines at home to charge your EV. You can choose to go fully green or mix it up with grid energy, all managed through the myWallbox app.

What’s more, Eco-Smart empowers you to be savvy with your power bills. By selecting the most cost-effective times to charge, you can make the most of your solar panel installation and avoid high grid energy prices. This isn’t just a convenience; it’s a partnership for a greener tomorrow. Wallbox and Wojtek have teamed up to promote sustainable charging solutions that are not only efficient but also eco-friendly.

The Bigger Picture

“Every win, every milestone I achieve in my sporting career is an opportunity to give back. From tree planting drives to beach clean-ups post tournaments, I want my victories to be victories for the planet too.”

Wojtek’s choices, from his vehicle to his charging station, are part of a grander vision. He’s not just advocating for sustainability; he’s living it. Whether it’s tree planting drives or beach clean-ups, every win in his sporting career is a win for the planet. His actions resonate with the UN SDGs, particularly in fighting climate change and promoting inclusivity.

What is clear, is that Wojtek is out for more than just not to add to our environmental problem; he’s embarked on one determined man’s crusade to undo as much of the damage done to our environment over generations and he’s doing it on a global scale.

Wojtek Czyz is more than just a Paralympian; he’s a symbol of what we can achieve when passion meets purpose. His journey serves as an inspiration for all of us to consider how our choices, big or small, can contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world.

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