Saint Mary's takes on the Kokoda Challenge
SAINT Mary's Catholic College has once again taken part in the Brisbane Kokoda Challenge, raising money for the youth foundation.
They entered two teams in the 30km event and two in the 48km event.
All four teams completed the very challenging courses of steep hills around Mt Coo-tha and Mt Nebo, west of Brisbane.
This single event raised over $140,000 for the Kokoda Youth Foundation, which was established in 2004 by Doug Henderson and his wife Anna.
Saint Mary's event co-ordinator and teacher Wayne Dunbrack also participated in the 30km event.
Mr Dunbrack said the Kokoda Youth Foundation supports Australians by inspiring them to do extraordinary things.
"Through hiking endurance events, youth programs and an outdoor education camp the program challenges deeply held beliefs, allows limits and abilities to be explored, and provides opportunities for growth,” he said.
In addition to fundraising, the event was a significant physical and mental challenge for the Saint Mary's students.
Months of training went in to completing the 30km and 48km event on the day. Especially considering the continuous steep hills. This required some serious goal setting and commitment.
Each team had some drama on the day and obstacles to overcome. There were wrong routes taken in the dark, blisters and sore feet, cramps, and battling fatigue.
A huge congratulations to the following Saint Mary's teams:
30 Km Team One: Ms Gueorgieff, Paegan Lemire, Caitlyn Carney, and Lily Rees.
30 Km Team Two: Mr Dunbrack, Jasmin Kemp, and Kaitlin Ritchie.
48 Km Team One: David Newman, Harry Reeve, Brendon Newman, and Jack Hyde.
48 km Team Two: Mr Dalton, Oliver Rees, Joseph Whalan, and Connor Nickless.