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Elliot prepares to conquer Kokoda

Monday, 20th June, 2011

GRUELLING TEST: Elliot Mallon, 17 will swap rocky mullock heaps for dense rainforests when he attempts to walk the 155km Kokoda Track in September. GRUELLING TEST: Elliot Mallon, 17 will swap rocky mullock heaps for dense rainforests when he attempts to walk the 155km Kokoda Track in September.

Local year 12 student Elliot Mallon has been chosen to walk the Kokoda Track later this year.

The Broken Hill High student is one of just six young people to be selected from across the nation as part of Clubs NSW's Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge.

This program, which sponsored local basketballer Claudia Paull in 2009, rewards young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteer work.

"I believe it's good to give back to the community. You do what you can to play your part," Elliot said.

"I am so excited that I have been chosen for this opportunity as it's something you don't get to do every day."

The local youth radio host, who is 17, has already begun training for the gruelling 10-day walk in September.

"I've joined the gym and am walking up hills with mum and our dogs," Elliot said.

"I've learned more about Kokoda and I can't wait to experience it. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Elliot has been involved in various community initiatives including Max Potential, the Red Shield Appeal and the Broken Hill Youth Council.

His schooling achievements include being elected prefect, vice house captain, and as a peer support leader.

Clubs NSW CEO, Anthony Ball, wished Elliot well in building up his physical and mental fitness for the 155km trek.

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