|LHC Team Takes on Kokoda Challenge - 21 August 2018|
On Saturday 14 July, the Lourdes Hill College ‘Tugulawa Trekkers’ competed in the Kokoda Challenge Jim Stillman Cup. Our team, which comprised four Year 9 and 10 students and a team leader, braved the 48km challenge through the Gold Coast Hinterland.
We began our journey at 11am on Saturday morning after six months of training, varying from weekly strength sessions to repetitions of the Tugulawa stairs to hikes in the local bushland. We started the challenge surrounded by 250 other school teams from around Australia, not quite believing that the time had finally come for us to brave the wilderness and embark on our newest adventure.
Throughout our journey we climbed 1km long mountains, walked through restricted army lands, trudged through mud and sprinted through the underground sewage drain. But for every too-long mountain we climbed that left our muscles aching, we were rewarded with magical views, ranging from Surfers Paradise to the sunset over the Numinbah Valley and a cloudless view of the night sky.
After twelve and a half hours of continuous hiking, the lights of the Nerang Velodrome, our finish line, finally arrived, and as a team, we mustered enough energy to run across the line together. Crossing the line brought an end to our adventure, and whilst we were glad to finally collapse after our enormous trek, we were all disappointed that our Kokoda journey had come to an end.
We had raised the most money of all competing teams for the Kokoda Youth Foundation, placed in the top 10 teams in our category, and finished the Kokoda Challenge as a complete team four hours earlier than expected. We could not have been prouder! The Kokoda Challenge left us with unforgettable memories and achievements that we will never forget.
We look forward to competing again next year!
Katie Quinn, Niamh Meehan, Mia Ejlertsen, Emily Hutchinson