DSHS are ready for Kokoda
FOR eight teams of brave students and teachers at Dalby State High School, the physical and mental battle of the 2017 Kokoda Challenge at the Gold Coast is almost upon them.
It's a gruelling track, but the teams have been training hard since the beginning of the year to prepare for the event which takes place on July 15-16.
DSHS Kokoda team organiser Cheryle Williams said there are three teams braving the 96km track and five teams going for the 48km track.
But she said the students will have to walk slightly further this year.
"The kids will be walking further this year. Cyclone Debbie damaged parts of the track, so the 48km teams will be walking 51km and the 96km teams will be walking 99km,” Mrs Williams said.
"There are four Year 12 students and one teacher walking in each team, and then each team has a support crew which is usually one staff member and two students.
"Most of the teams have been doing a fair bit of training this year, particularly those doing the 96km challenge.
"For the 96km, you have to train; you really can't do it without training,” she said.
The training regimes have involved a variety of activities for different teams such as parkrun, spin classes, and hiking up Tabletop Mountain.
But Mrs Williams said the mental battle of the challenge is harder to train for.
"They have to be equally as strong mentally as they are physically,” she said.
"As someone who organises it year after year, I tell the kids it's going to be hard - it's really hard to prepare them for that.”
Mrs Williams would like to thank all the local businesses who have sponsored the DSHS teams.