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Walking the Kokoda Track

Paul Woodhead, Tim Gann (front), Aidan Shields, Nathan Bruce, Christopher Isbester-Kealley, Katie Bell-Lange, Jessica McKinnon, Antonio Rojas, Jasmine Rendell and Yallaina Betts are ready to take on the Kokoda Track. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEA GROUP of Dubbo teenagers have embarked on the challenge of a lifetime, travelling to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to attempt the Kokoda Track.
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Ten students from year 10 at Delroy Campus and a year 11 student from Senior Campus, along with three teachers and a guide, will test themselves along the Kokoda Track.

The students will not just receive an amazing experience from the trek, it will also meet the requirements for the ‘adventurous journey’ component of the prestigious The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Delroy Campus teacher Paul Woodhead, who along with Alison Piddington and Katie Bell-Lange will be the teachers doing the trek, realises the enormous challenge that is ahead.

“It is massive but we have put three solid months of training in and we are ready physically to give it a go,” he said.

“We have been going to the gym, walking and running on rural roads, been to the Warrumbungles and spent a lot of early mornings at the hills of Sir Roden Cutler Park.

“We are ready physically and the group is working really well and supporting each other really well.

“They know it’s not just a physical challenge but a mental one so it’s important they all back each other.”

Mr Woodhead said the trek would show how much of a sacrifice Australian soldiers made in defending the country.

“It will raise some awareness of the physical strain the battalions went through,” he said.

“The sacrifices these people made was incredible and it’s important our teenagers, who are the leaders of tomorrow, understand that.”

Jasmine Rendell acknowledged the training had been difficult but believed how close the group had become would help them get through it.

“It has been tough to have the commitment but it will definitely be worth it,” she said.

“We started off not very close but we are now a big group of friends which is great.

“It will be tough getting up each morning knowing we have a long day ahead but doing it with friends will make it much easier.”

The students heading to PNG are Jasmine Rendell, Aidan Shields, Antonio Rojas, Chris Isbester, Jake Fardell, Jessica McKinnon, Nathan Bruce, Takoda Lee, Tim Gann, Tyler Rankmore and Yallaina Betts.

The group departed Dubbo on Thursday night, and will travel to Port Moresby on Friday, before returning to Dubbo on July 20.

The trek and was made possible by the major funding support of The Flight Centre Foundation, while the students and teachers also contributed to their trip.

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