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Jarrah’s spirit awarded

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Jarrah Seager is this year’s winner of the RSL and Services Clubs Association ‘Spirit of Kokoda Award’. Jarrah Seager is this year’s winner of the RSL and Services Clubs Association ‘Spirit of Kokoda Award’.

After completing the Kokoda Track last year at age 16, Jarrah Seager has been announced as this year's winner of the RSL and Services Clubs Association 'Spirit of Kokoda Award'.

The 'Spirit Of Kokoda Award' recognises a Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge trekker who has used the experience to advance their life goals and taken significant steps towards those aspirations.

Jarrah trekked through the depths of the Papua New Guinean jungle last year as part of the 2013 Leadership Challenge after being sponsored by Broken Hill clubs.

During the trek, Jarrah also help bring closure to an 83-year old Sydney woman whose foster brother fought along the Kokoda Track and sadly never returned.

Lorraine Siggs only recently discovered that her brother's remains had been buried at the Bomana Cemetery. Fortunately, Jarrah was able to find the final resting place of 20 year old Private Arthur 'Eric' Jackson of the 2/14th Battalion Infantry and bring home pictures of his final resting place for Lorraine.

Jarrah said winning the Award was an honour, and conquering the Kokoda Track had given her experiences she would remember for life.

"I was shocked to find out I had been named a finalist," she said.

"I'd like to thank Broken Hill's clubs, as well as all those clubs across NSW that send young people to experience Kokoda for making this program possible."

Jarrah is also the recipient of the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and the Don Massey Citizenship Award. She was the senior Non Commissioned Officer for the 42nd Army Cadet Unit in Broken Hill, holding the rank of sergeant.

"It is important to sustain the Kokoda Spirit through future generations and I was honoured to be chosen to walk the Track. Kokoda has given me values and experiences
that I will use throughout my entire life. It may be the most rewarding experience I ever have in my life.

"The personal significance you gain from it, along with the maturity and leadership experience are indescribable."

Jarrah plans to study psychology and join the Australian Defence Force.

"Completing the Kokoda Track has helped me focus on my strengths and I want to use that in my future studies," Jarrah said.

"I am thinking about taking a gap year."

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