Kokoda walk up for grabs

DOES trekking through mud and rain, across mountain ranges up to 7000 feet above sea level while having a 20kg pack strapped to your back seem like an opportunity of a lifetime?

ClubsNSW is offering two people between the ages of 16 and 22 the chance to walk the Kokoda Track as part of the 2011 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge taking place between September 26 and October 7.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said it would be a difficult task to choose the two lucky young people with more than 1000 people applying in 2010 and more expected this year.

“We are not just looking for a young person who is up to the physical and mental challenges Kokoda is renowned for. We will be looking for someone with great leadership qualities who has already made great contributions to their local community,” he said.

“The chosen two will fly with other successful young people from across Australia to Papua New Guinea where they will walk an extended version of the Kokoda Track, which at 155km is 61km further than the usual arduous route.

“Everything from flights, accommodation, meals, and hiking boots will be provided. The only thing participants need to do is training, to get a high level of fitness.”

Applications close Sunday May 8. For more information or to obtain an application form, please visit www.clubsnsw.com. au/kokoda or email kokoda@clubsnsw.com.au.

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