Kerry Saxby-Junna will lead the Ballina to Byron Bay 37km coastal walk.
Kerry Saxby-Junna will lead the Ballina to Byron Bay 37km coastal walk. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Best foot forward for Kerry

KERRY Saxby-Junna will lead the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter 37km coastal walk from Ballina to Byron Bay bright and early tomorrow morning.

Whether she has to stop for a breather or take the weight off her feet en route remains to be seen.

"I've had some ankle and knee problems for the past few years," the slip of a woman said.

"I don't think it (the distance) should be a problem. A lot of hours on my feet might get to me. I might have to have a sit down.

"I don't care how long it takes me, it is the best coastline in the world."

Saxby, who grew up in Ballina, now lives in Canberra with husband Ray Junna, a coach with the national women's football program, and their children.

One thing is for sure, the Australian trailblazer of women's walkers will be seen and heard tomorrow.

On a bicycle ride to work one morning Saxby-Junna took time out to encourage one of the nation's promising walkers, Bekki Lee.

"About two weeks ago I pulled up one of the younger girls and introduced myself. She nearly fell over. I said 'I wish you good luck'," Saxby-Junna said.

In an Olympic year one had to ask - how will we go?

"I think we are looking for a good Olympics this year," the dual Commonwealth Games 10km gold medallist said.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is celebrating 30 years of community service and the walk is one of many fundraisers to keep the big bird in the sky.

"I'd hope if I got swept out to sea or was involved in car accident they'd be there to help me," Saxby-Junna said.

Entered walkers' registrations are from 6am, with the journey to start at 7am at Missingham Park, Ballina.

Information for the event can found at www.ballinatobyronbaywalk.com.au.



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