Cat & JesseFoster Parents (NZ)This nurturing couple is used to caring for others. Will they be able to put themselves first and bring home a win for their children?
At 38 and 36 years of age respectively, Cat and Jesse's married life revolves around their ever-changing family.
"We have three children; Michael (13), Carmel (10) and Joel (8 ); and Freckles the cat who is more like a miniature lion; and we occasionally have foster children and by occasionally we mean most of the time,” says Cat.
They met 21 years ago and Jesse says he knew he was going to marry Cat the first time he met her.
“Cat is funny, smart, kind and embracing. And obviously she‟s smoking hot!” he admires. Their family reside in Hamilton. The couple applied for the Race to prove to their children that anything is possible.
“I would most look forward to crossing that finish line and winning that money because of what it would mean for our kids. It would afford us opportunities we wouldn't otherwise have. The underlying motivation is our kids,” says Cat.
This isn't Jesse's first time on the small screen either. He came fourth in NZ Idol in 2005 after withdrawing from the 2003 competition to be at the birth of their daughter, Carmel. He still writes and performs music, under the names DarkroomJesse, The Darkroom Project and Jesse & The O'Briens.
Cat and Jesse have been overseas a handful of times, though Cat hasn't travelled in the past ten years due to the demands of raising young children.
Jesse acknowledges they're not "team brains‟ or "team bikini‟, but believes they have as much chance of winning as any other team.
“It's not just about being fast or fit or strong. There are many things in our lives that we've done purely through being ourselves, and nothing else. We count on that,” he says.
Cat adds: “If you can foster kids, you can do anything!”Relationship
CAT: STAY AT HOME MUM
JESSE: YOUTH WORKER AND MUSICIANPriority Pack
CAT: PHOTOS OF THE KIDS
JESSE: NIKE TRAINERS (THAT DON'T GIVE HIM BLISTERS)Bag Weight
CAT: 7.5KG JESSE: 9KGPreferred Pace On Foot
YOG (BETWEEN A WALK AND A JOG)Motto
LIVE LIFE LOUD
Favourite Overseas Trip
Nicknamed By Other Teams
MR CALVES AND WIFE ROCKERS