Champs race around Uluru
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
Top effort: Julian Weimar, Ben Shrimpton, Cynthia Villiger and Sam Weimar