Words: Leith Waterbury
Photos: Mathew Hamdorf, Leith Waterbury, Ryan Woolfe
December 14th, 2012
HARD WORK PAYS OFF
15 young men from the Katherine Academy worked tirelessly throughout the year to complete their school work and reach an above 80% attendance to attend the end of year trip to Gold Coast.
The boys made the 300km trip up the Stuart Highway to Darwin to fly to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Dreamworld was our first stop on our Gold Coast adventure.
Boys at Dreamworld
Lawrance Watego and Stephen Fairweather on the slides at Whitewater World
Mathew Govan Cleven Woods and Grant Haley wrestling a croc
Russell McCoy, Marcus Rowan, Matthew Hamdorf, Daniel Cameron, Ian Dempsey-Kruger and Grant Haley with Shrek
The Outback Spectacular employment visit and show was very memorable for the boys from the Top End.
Staff at Outback Spectacular explaining roles in the show
Cleven Woods dressed up as a Light horsemen
The boys at the Outback Spectacular
Most of the Katherine boys overcame their fear of heights to conquer the SkyPiont Climb, the world’s tallest residential towers, which give 360 degree view from the surf to the hinterland.
Boys at the top of SkyPiont
The Katherine boys found it easy hanging ten on surf boards at The Spit.
Learning to surf
Mathew Govan and Cleven Woods
Brent McKnoulty hanging ten
Mathew Govan ripping up
Boy at The Spit, Gold Coast
A visit to our corporate partners Caltex saw the boys learn about the fuel production at the Port of Brisbane. We also privileged to visit the world-class QLD Fire & Rescue Training Centre.
Caltex Refinery Port of Brisbane
Queensland Fire and Rescue Training Centre
We also visited the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard headquarters and Ozharvest Food Rescue centre. It was a treat for the boys to cook up meals for the less fortunate people of Brisbane.
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard
Leith Waterbury, Kayle Kossack, Chief and Marcus Rowan cooking with OzHarvest
The Gold Coast Suns Top End contingent took time out to have a chat with the boys.
Liam Patrick and Michael Gugliotta talking to the boys
Steven May and the Katherine Academy Boys
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was the highlight of the trip. We finished the evening watching a performance by the Yanguwah Dancers.
The traditional Torres Strait Island food was a massive hit with the boys.
Ryan Woolfe all caught up
Joel Perrett our Bulla for the night learning a traditional dance
The boys and the Yangawah Dancers
We were given a guided tour of the Gold Coast Titans’ training facilities which was a real treat for the boys.
Gold Coast Titians gym
Gold Coast Titans Training ground
An enjoyable visit to the Stunt Academy Training Centre was next, where the boys created their own mock fight scene with fist and swords.
Daniel Cameron Ian Dempsey-Kruger and Ryan Woolfe going through their fight routine
Brent McKnoulty and Cleven Woods going through their sword moves
We also learnt high fall techniques.
Joel Perrett, Jumping. Waiting to jump Cleven Woods, Ryan Woolfe and Mathew Govan
The boys cooled off after their hard work at the Stunt Academy with an enjoyable session at OzBall facility.
Ian Dempsey-Kruger Marcus Rowan and Jawane Fairclough
Kayle Kossack, Jake Gablonski and Brent McKnoulty
Leith Waterbury and Cleven Woods
Stephen Fairweather and Lawrence Watego
Kayle Kossack Ryan Woolfe and Joel Perrett
The trip was one the boys will remember for years to come.
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