Champs race around Uluru

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be cho­sen as a role model for the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity.

“It’s great to be part of some­thing that helps peo­ple of all ages to be­come fit and healthy,” Julie said.

“This se­ries of events re­ally en­cour­ages peo­ple to be­come cham­pi­ons of their own health

TWO broth­ers from Moss­man State High School have qual­i­fied to com­pete in the state cross coun­try ti­tles.

Four Moss­man high school stu­dents trav­elled to Ma­reeba re­cently to com­pete in the Penin­sula Sec­ondary School cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships.

Year 12 stu­dent and house cap­tain Sam Weimar took out the cham­pi­ons ti­tle in the Un­der-17s while brother Ju­lian, in Year 9, fin­ished sec­ond in the Un­der-15s.

Cyn­thia Vil­liger came a cred­i­ble 10th in the Un­der-16s and Ben Shrimp­ton wasn’t far away from re­gional se­lec­tion, fin­ish­ing fifth in the Un­der-15s.

The stu­dents were com­pet­ing against the best cross-coun­try ath­letes in the Penin­sula re­gion which stretches from Tully to the Tablelands and the Tor­res Strait, in­clud­ing all Cairns schools.

Both Sam and Ju­lian train six days a week and will now go on to rep­re­sent the Penin­sula re­gion at the Queens­land Sec­ondary Schools’ Cross-coun­try Cham­pi­onships on July 22 and 23 in Bud­erim on the Sun­shine Coast.

“I can’t wait to rep­re­sent the Penin­sula at the cham­pi­onships on the Sun­shine Coast,” Ju­lian said.

“There is go­ing to be a lot of com­pe­ti­tion but we will do our best.”

“The high­light will be to see sun­rise and sun­set over Uluru, to see all the beau­ti­ful colours.

“I don’t quite know how I am go­ing to feel to be some­where so spe­cial and sig­nif­i­cant to Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage, but I am sure it will be very spe­cial.”

The five local com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons were cho­sen af­ter a se­ries of Deadly Fun Runs in Moss­man de­signed to in­tro­duce run­ning and walk­ing to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

Or­gan­iser Larissa Walker said the re­sponse had been phe­nom­e­nal.

”the events are meant to be non-in­tim­i­dat­ing and in­volve the whole fam­ily,” she said.

“We’ve had preg­nant women par­tic­i­pat­ing, par­ents push­ing their young ba­bies along, to our old­est com­peti­tor of 79 years old.

“It re­ally has been event for the whole fam­ily and has re­ally brought peo­ple together, while pro­mot­ing run­ning, which was the aim.”

Moss­man’s fi­nal Deadly Fun Run will be held on July 8 to co­in­cide with Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­ders Day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee events.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend and for more in­for­ma­tion call Larissa on 0418 758 093.

Off to Uluru: Mitchell

Brim, Asta Naden, Wi­ley Thor­burn and

Julie Salam

Photo by JESSIE TOL­SON

Top ef­fort: Ju­lian Weimar, Ben Shrimp­ton, Cyn­thia Vil­liger and Sam Weimar

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