Beauty queens tackle Kokoda

Paradise - - Contents -

Two Aus­tralian beauty queens have traded their high heels for hik­ing boots to tackle the Kokoda Track. Laura Dun­dovic (pic­tured right), a win­ner of Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia, and Erin Hol­land, a win­ner of Miss World Aus­tralia, took on the chal­leng­ing eight-day trek as part of a Do Kokoda cam­paign de­vel­oped by the Pa­pua New Guinea Tourism Pro­mo­tion Au­thor­ity (PNGTPA).

The cam­paign aims to en­cour­age more women to trek Kokoda. Their adventure was filmed to cre­ate three short doc­u­men­taries.

Dun­dovic says she was deeply af­fected by the ex­pe­ri­ence, which not only phys­i­cally chal­lenged her but also al­lowed her to trace the his­tory of her grand­fa­ther, Sir Thomas Blamey, a World War 2 leader.

“There were times when it seemed too hard, but be­ing able to walk in the foot­steps of Aus­tralian sol­diers, and in par­tic­u­lar my very own grand­fa­ther, was so in­cred­i­ble. I just had no idea what they went through on Kokoda – and I don’t think you can grasp it un­til you’re on the track.”

Erin Hol­land says: “Kokoda got us away from our phones and pushed our phys­i­cal lim­its, which was in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing.”


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Papua New Guinea

© PressReader. All rights reserved.