Queensland put in a fantastic effort at the the National Deadly Fun Run Championships at Uluru, with Cairns, Aurukun, Mornington Island, Yarrabah, Doomadgee and Thursday Island all represented. The Cairns Post caught up with some of the young runners before the event.
Runners compete at Uluru
A TEAM of young runners will have a story to share from their visit to the Red Centre.
Four youngsters from Aurukun and three from Mornington Island took part in the Nation Indigenous Deadly Fun Run Championships at Uluru.
They competed against teams form 20 other indigenous communities, running a 3km individual race and a relay around Uluru.
Aurukun coach Scott White said it was the first time many of the youngsters had the chance to travel interstate.
“The kids got a huge sense of pride, confidence and empowerment. They made a group of friends from all over the country,” he said. ”Now it’s back into the community to share their stories with the other runners and inspire them to keep involved and put themselves up for next year.”
The Far North was well-represented at the championships. Six of the 20 indigenous communities that took part came from the region.
PRIDE AND CONFIDENCE: Colin Chong of Mornington Island and Barney Koongotema from Aurukun travelled back from the centre of Australia to their communities via Cairns