Words: Paul Carroll
Photos: Paul Carroll
August 11th, 2012
VICTORIAN BOYS TREK THE KOKODA TRAIL
In May, three Bairnsdale Academy members were chosen to trek the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.
Paul Carroll, Ray Adams and Kobi Cook gained a spot on the 16 person team after a rigorous selection process involving many training commitments, weekend camps and activities over a six month period.
Once fully prepared, the team embarked on the trek which was led by former soldier Andrew James who had walked the Kokoda Trail several times and whose knowledge was invaluable.
The infamous trail did not disappoint; amazing scenery, beautiful rivers, birds and flowers were a sight to be seen.
Although the steep and rugged terrain and uncomfortable conditions threatened the resolve amongst the group, the positive attitudes helped push them forward and strong friendships were formed. The Bairnsdale Clontarf boys were fantastic in their support for others along the way, showing dedication and determination in completing the trek.
Bairnsdale Associate Director Paul Carroll delightfully noted: “I was extremely proud to be able to go on a journey like this with the boys. They showed leadership qualities which they will carry into their daily lives.”
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