Federation University staff and students share Kokoda  journey

Federation University Australia Manager of Residential Life Andrew Renfree with second-year Exercise and Sports Science student Courtney Bishop preparing for their Kokoda trek.

Federation University Australia Manager of Residential Life Andrew Renfree with second-year Exercise and Sports Science student Courtney Bishop preparing for their Kokoda trek.

“IT hurts more if you stop.”

It was a lesson Federation University Ballarat student Prue Harvey learnt quickly while trekking the Kokoda Trail. 

The third year Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science student, along with 22 FedUni students and staff, spent 10 days trekking the Kokoda Trail. 

Aidan Grimes, from touring company Our Spirit, offered the FedUni Living students the experience.

Ms Harvey, also a FedUni residential program leader, said she wanted to tackle the Kokoda Trail a year ago. 

“I was going to do it last year, but I ended up competing in the BMX World Championships instead,” Ms Harvey said. 

“I convinced myself to do it this year.”

Ms Harvey said about 20 legends, descendants of the original Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, accompanied the group.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels were known to help wounded Australian diggers along the Kokoda Trail in World War II. 

The group also had time to meet the locals during their journey. 

“We had bought about 15 to 20 Frisbees and gave them out to a group of kids in Alola,” she said. 

“They were throwing the Frisbee for two to three hours and then started signing for us. Alola is just mind blowing.”

Ms Harvey said more people needed to learn the Kokoda story. 

“We should learn more about our history,” she said. 

“We don’t know much about Australian history, that we should know.”

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