KOKODA YOUTH LEADERSHIP
THE SOLDIERS SEND THEIR 19TH & 20TH PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE ON THE KOKODA TRAIL IN 2017
Xanthe Britton & Tyler Dunbar were a part of a 27 strong group who walked the track for the RSL & Services Clubs Association annual Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge, which flew out of Sydney in September and returned in October 2017. The 10 day challenge encourages our youth to learn more about Australia’s military history and the Kokoda Trek campaign, while building leadership skills.
Xanthe & Tyler were the 19th & 20th participants to be supported by the Soldiers Club, granting them a $6-$8,000 scholarship to ensure most of their costs were covered. The trek is 147km long, and ranging in altitude from 300m up to 2,200m above sea level. While on the trek, Xanthe & Tyler faced many obstacles, both physically and mentally, challenging themselves to their fullest, but successfully reaching the end of the trail they discovered that they are capable of far more than they could have ever imagined. The Board of Directors and Staff along with the Goulburn Community are very proud of their efforts and their achievements and wish them all the very best for what lays ahead.
The Soldiers Sponsors Two Local Youths To Challenge The Kokoda Trail in 2016
Matt and Ryan successfully undertook the gruelling 147km trek in 2016, they were the 17th & 18th individuals sponsored by the Club since our participation began in 2008. We and the Goulburn Community are extremely proud of the challenge that both Matt & Ryan embarked on at such demanding times in their lives and truly hope that the experience they gained will have a positive impact on their futures.
Soldiers Sponsors $20,000 for Kokoda Trekkers in 2015.
In 2015 the Soldiers Club sponsored Caitlin Nye, Georgia Basterfield and Jayden Faraday …… we are extremely proud of what they achieved, gained and brought home from the experience.
Kokoda was an amazing opportunity, it was a test of physical endurance and mental endurance that I know will put me in good stead for any challenge that I may face in the future, it provided me with a social challenge in which it tested my ability to engage with other young adults, and will help with my ability to connect with others in my future career path. This opportunity was fantastic in my continued understanding of Australia’s military history, whereby we are now the guardians of this sacred aspect of Australian history. Kokoda was an emotional experience that allowed me to effectively engage with the story of soldiers both in battle and on the home front. I believe walking in the soldiers footsteps has allowed me to forge a deeper connection with these men that gave their lives for their country. This experience was important for the future development of my own leadership skills. However, what makes this experience so unique, is that it forces you to understand ourselves before we lead others. I have learnt from this experience that I have a strong will not to give in and that helping others is something that is really important. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I would like to thank the Soldiers Club for their support…..Caitlin Nye, October 2015
Trekking the Kokoda Trail l gained insight knowledge of what the soldiers had to go through, how they were faced with the weather and the ruggedness of the trail. I learned what mateship is and what l have to do to achieve it and l learned while on the trail you can do anything if you put your mind to it. I met the best people while doing the trail and they will be my mates for life.…Jayden Faraday, October 2015
I always knew Kokoda was going to be a challenge but I would have to say it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. I was prepared for the physical challenge of Kokoda but nothing could quite prepare me for the mental side of it. It was a confronting experience and I’ve brought home some really important life skills, which some what changed the way I see and approach things. Things that you think are important aren’t. The Natives of Papua New Guinea have so little, yet they were so happy and kind. It has taught me to be more grateful and appreciative. Kokoda has also taught me the values of finishing things that I have started and to never give up…..Georgia Basterfield, October 2015
Past Participants Sponsored by the Soldiers Club
2017 Xanthe Britton
2017 Tyler Dunbar
2016 Matthew Hindi
2016 Ryan Upton
2015 Georgia Basterfield
2015 Caitlin Nye
2015 Jayden Faraday
2014 Jordan Brooker
2013 Thomas Foley
2013 James Croker
2013 Jackson Kofod
2013 Braydan Fenwick
2012 Tom Basterfield
2012 Jessica Hayes
2011 Sarah Longhurst
2011 Shaun Larkham
2010 Ashleigh Craig
2009 Richard Joyce
2009 Nathaniel Ryan
2008 Bryan Maunder