Breakers take on Kokoda challenge

BREAKERS Bootcamp Ballina is heading for the Gold Coast hinterland this weekend to participate in a Kokoda Challenge.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Kokoda Youth Foundation, which aims to help youth achieve their true potential.

“The challenge is a 96km hike in a time limit of 39 hours,” Breakers Bootcamp team leader Dale Parker said.

Two Breakers Bootcamp teams are taking on the challenge. Team leader for the other team is John Fisiilose, and he said his team had been 'vigilant in its preparation'.

“With each training session we've completed, we've exhausted ourselves by pushing each other beyond our own boundaries,” he said.

“We have worked really hard in clocking the kilometres in our legs.

“We are good mates with an extreme goal and we have confidence our hard work will pay off.”

Dale said there had been 'major upheavals' in her team, with two late changes to the all-girls teams.

“I am totally confident in my team being able to cross the line,” she said.

“It is as much about mental fitness as physical fitness, and we are all strong, confident women, all up for the challenge.”

The route for the challenge is rugged terrain with climbs totalling 5000 metres.

“There is no doubt those who take up the Kokoda Challenge will need to call on the spirit of Anzac,” Dale said.

The teams raised $3000 to compete in the challenge through a raffle and other fundraising activities.

Raffle result:

1. Des Avery, two nights at Ballina Beach Resort, a bottle of Penfolds Grange.

2. Mark Bryant, Summerland Sports Recreation Mart and Bay Seafood vouchers.

3. Lee Coleman, dinner for two at Sandbar Restaurant, vouchers from Laneway Labels and Sirocco Cafe.

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