Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge


LOCAL STUDENTS TAKING THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL…
2,200M ABOVE SEA LEVEL!

Each year St Marys Rugby League Club give two young local students the opportunity of a lifetime…to participate in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, trekking through mud and rain, across mountain ranges up to 2,200m above sea level with a 20kg pack strapped to their back.

Over the last 6 years Saints has sponsored 12 young adults to walk in the footsteps of our brave soldiers and take on the Kokoda Trek. The ultimate aim is to prepare these young students to return from the trek and share their experiences with their peers, the broader community and the next generation.

The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is designed to give participants:

  • An appreciation of our military history
  • A respect for the sacrifice made by young Australians of a previous generation
  • An appreciation of a culture whose values are not based on materialism
  • An appreciation of the qualities necessary for teamwork
  • An appreciation of the characteristics of leadership and
  • An understanding of the purpose and value of community service


PAST PARTICIPANTS SPONSORED BY SAINTS

2011 Laura Mitchell St Marys Senior High School
2011 Benjamin Snelgrove Kingswood High School
2012 Isabel Tibbles St Marys Senior High School
2012 Madelyn Smith St Marys Senior High School
2013 Grace Shalders Penrith Academic Selective High School
2013 Jordan Ruchalski Penrith Academic Selective High School
2014 Kayley James Jamison High School
2014 Robert Vukovich Erskine Park High School
2016 Brianna Raymond St Agnes Catholic High School
2016 James Ombina St Marys Senior High School
2017 Grace Faulder Penrith Academic Selective High School
2017 Callum Meney Penrith Christian School