KOKODA CHALLENGERS: Team organiser Cassie Horn with the Injune P–10 State School students doing the Kokoda Challenge.
KOKODA CHALLENGERS: Team organiser Cassie Horn with the Injune P–10 State School students doing the Kokoda Challenge. Blake Antrobus

Injune kids to take on Kokoda challenge

IMAGINE working in a team to complete 30km of the toughest parts of the Toowoomba Range in honour of our soldiers who walked the Kokoda Trail in 1942.

Now imagine you’re also 12 years old.

That’s the prospect for Injune’s Laken Hornick, who is one of eight youngsters embarking on the Kokoda Challenge early next month.

Laken’s mother Nicki Parker will also be walking in an adult team with the two teams of kids, who will be walking either 15km (juniors) or 30km (seniors), along with getting them running up hills as part of training.

“We train every Friday morning as a full team and we meet at the swimming pool at 7am and we go for a run,” she said.

“The kids did hill sprints this morning and this hill is a very long hill.”

Ms Parker said the groups formed when she and some teachers from Injune P-10 State School and they realised they could enter junior teams.

“I’m actually doing it myself and one of the teachers that I was in a team with suggested we get some kids into it,” she said.

‘The [kids] are fabulous and they’re really putting their effort into it.”


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