The Kokoda Challenge is an event held on the Gold Coast each year. The spirit of Kokoda demonstrates that when we work together, look out for each other and show commitment to a task, things that at first seem impossible suddenly become achievable. This year Trinity sent of a team of 5 to complete the 48km and Ellie Dodkins for the 96km hike through the Gold Coast hinterland, with the 48km starting at Numinbah Hall, the 96km starting at Mudgeeraba and finishing up at the Nerang velodrome.
The team, led by Mr Brodie Gentle, consisted of Jessica Craddock (Yr10), Sofia Hodges (Yr10), Ashley De Courteney (Yr9) and Isaac Barnes(Yr12). The event kicked off at 11am on Saturday the 20th of July and after 12 and a half grueling hours our team crossed the finish line. The group tackled blisters, aching joints and hills that seemed endless. Morale was maintained with continual encouragement and positive words from Isaac, constant chat from Jess and Sofia and not a word of complaint from the youngest team member, Ashley. Each student showed consistency and immense amounts of grit during both training and the throughout the main event. Not only did these four students give up their time to train but they also raised $362.40 for the Kokoda Youth Foundation.
What started as one student’s curiosity to tackle the challenge, grew to a team taking on 48km endurance event and smashing it!
Ellie Dodkins (Yr11) has been one of Trinity`s veterans in the Kokoda challenges, she has completed every Kokoda event distance and for the first time completed the 96km event over last weekend. Ellie is part of the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program which involves 14 months of training. In September Ellie will travel to Papua New Guinea to complete the Kokoda track and follow in the foots steps of our soldiers who fought in WWII. we are all incredibly proud of you, Ellie!
A big thank you to all involved, parents for your support, Mr Michael Togher for organisation and finally a big congratulations to our students and their awesome achievement!
Mr Brodie Gentle,
Year 7 Teacher