2014 Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge

QAHS students Anita Alexus and Maxime Henn have been accepted as part of the 2014 Kokoda Youth Leadership Program. They will begin training in preparation for the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge, culminating in trekking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in September.

Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP)2013 QAHS Kokoda Team
The fundamental philosophy of the program is the Spirit of Kokoda

“The one thing that every ‘Kokoda Kid’ has in common is that they are seeking a sense of purpose and direction,” says Doug Henderson.

Participants come from every segment of society and KYF passionately believes that there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve in society – except for opportunity and the right support.

KCYP differs from most programs because it’s a long-term, 14 month commitment that includes six months of physical training and eight months of community service. This extended time frame allows for opportunities to learn, make choices, fail and flourish. Strict attendance and disciplinary standards, physical conditioning and social service leads to discovery and fulfilment.


Alita Blackmur
Sport / Year 10 Coordinator