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Claudia to walk Kokoda Track

Thursday, 16th July, 2009

Involvement in a recent leadership program has opened the door to the experience of a lifetime for Claudia Paul, as she prepares to walk the Kokoda Track.

Claudia is one of 12 people selected from around the country to undertake the fully funded journey, after taking part in the Max Potential program. The program is an initiative of Clubs NSW, and is being run locally by the Legion, Musicians, Sturt and Democratic Clubs.

Claudia applied to walk the Kokoda Track during a recent Max Potential session at the Legion Club, and has already begun training for the 159km trek.

Despite already having a good fitness base built from a promising basketball career, she has spent the last few weeks walking up Round Hill and to the sculptures with a backpack filled with pavers. The 16-year-old said she had done a lot of research online regarding the track, and was ready to take on the challenge. "It should be a good life experience, I'm sure I'll learn heaps from it," she said.

"I'm a little bit nervous, but also really excited. I always really want to do challenging things. "It's just incredible how (Clubs NSW) sponsor us to do it, and give us the opportunity to something so extreme." Legion Club General Manager Ann Rogers said Claudia was a great ambassador for the city, and wished her well on the upcoming trip. "We're very pleased with Claudia's application, and the things she's doing to help put Broken Hill on the map.

"We're very pleased with Claudia's application, and the things she's doing to help put Broken Hill on the map. She thoroughly deserves to be able to do this."

"Clubs NSW have been long term supporters of the Kokoda Track, believing it is an important part of Australian history that isn't widely understood." Claudia will depart the city on Monday, September 29.

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