Rochy Jets had a big energy breakthrough
ROCHESTER’S got a pretty bright future in racing if the team at St Joseph’s Primary School keep it up.
The Rochy Jets, made up of 10 Grade 6 students, blitzed through their courses at the recent RACV Energy Breakthrough competition.
Thousands of contestants from across the state gathered in Maryborough to learn about sustainability and active lifestyles as well as safety, education and fun.
They do this through a push cart competition where one student sits and steers while the other pushes and runs the cart the students design.
They eventually change over like a relay.
The cart was built by Phil Fehring and engineered by Ron Williams.
He reduced the cart from 30kg to 17kg, changing the metal to alloy, changing the steering and incorporating a spinner to help get them over the line a little faster.
It really was about learning, but let’s say it was all about winning, at least now that our Jets have got the gong.
They clocked the cart-torunner changeover, with a record that could challenge the professionals
The dreamtream comprised of captains Tegan Williams and Max Ward, Jai Waters, Ruby Gordon, Lewis Cleary, Georgia Matthews, Johno Waters, Olivia McInnes, Tanzin Myers and Koby Cowan.
The legends spent six months training for the event with long-time legend Ron Williams.
He’s coached every year since 2007 but is hanging up the keys because his final grandchild is leaving for high school.
‘‘It’s been amazing, the kids are fantastic,’’ he said.
‘‘And the lowest we’ve come in all that time was third, to finish off with a win is great.’’
The former speedway driver originally jumped on board to help younger generations with their mechanics and teach them about team work and hard work.
Teacher Matt Knight said the students did a spectacular job and loved every minute soaking up the wisdom of Ron Williams. Their total score for 2016 was 94.5/100.
Tegan Williams and Jai Waters on their cart.