By Andrew Stalling | Director of Track and Field and Cross Country/Senior Teacher
Over the holidays, a group of eight students and two staff undertook a trip of a lifetime to Kenya with the goal to:
– Help a community less fortunate than our own
– To train with the best runners in the world
– To experience an amazing culture
Over the first few days of the trip, the boys worked extremely hard to dig and lay the foundations for a school kitchen. The Irigathathi Primary School is situated at the base of Mt Kenya and many of the students were turning up to class without having had a proper meal in number of days. The money raised by the boys in the lead up to the trip had paid for the building materials and labour and it was great for them to be fully involved in the initial stages of its construction.
From here the team travelled to Iten, a town famous for producing the very best distance runners in the world and home to arguably the best Athletics school in the world, St Patricks. At 2400m altitude the training was was extremely challenging as was the quality of Kenyan runners. The highlight of this part of the trip was joining in with 100+ of the worlds best runners for a 15km Fartlek run on the dirt roads that wove through the farms surrounding Iten.
Finally the team travelled to the Maasai Mara and Nairobi National Park to see the stunning wildlife. The Mara was inundated with Wildebeest on their annual migration but there was plenty of variety of animals on show. One of the highlights of the tour was staying with the Chapman family at Ololo Lodge which borders Nairobi National Park.
This weekend we have a number of outstanding runners who will be representing South Coast at the State Cross Country Championships. We wish the best to the following:
Year 7 – Will Ell
Year 8 – Brayden Mercer, Diesel Donnelly and Charlie Blok
Year 9 – Hayden Atkinson, Oliver Cronin and Kye Kanemura
Year 11 – Harley Nielsen and Hugo Sharples
If parents or runners have any questions they can contact the Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Mr Andrew Stalling on Andrew.Stalling@tss.qld.edu.au
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