Rochy Jets had a big en­ergy break­through

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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.

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