Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

Gosford RSL Club has named the three recipients of its Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge 2023


They are:

Ms Melissa Cheng of Henry Kendall High School,

Ms Allie Reid of St Joseph’s Catholic College,

Mr Patrick Ainsworth of Kariong Mountains High School.

This year’s trek will take place in the September school holidays.

All 16 local high schools were invited to nominate a Year 11 student.

The Kokoda Trail is a 96 km trek through the rugged Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea, where Australian and Japanese forces fought a fierce battle in 1942.

Gosford RSL Club congratulates the three young adults who have been selected this year.

They join 26 previous trekkers sponsored by Gosford RSL Club.

Gosford RSL Club has been sponsoring local high school students to participate in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge since 2010. 

The trek takes place in the September school holidays each year. This year’s local young adults will join with many others from all over NSW and also several from interstate to undertake this arduous walk in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. They will follow in the footsteps of those who fought in the Kokoda Campaign. They will learn of the history of that campaign along the way and will pass through villages where they will interact with the local inhabitants.  To date, more than 20 local trekkers have been sponsored by Gosford RSL Club to take the Kokoda Challenge and all have found it to be a life changing experience.

Gosford RSL Club is pleased to promote and support this youth leadership initiative, to the benefit of local young adults and to honour the sacrifice of those who fought in the Kokoda Campaign in World War 2.

Kokoda Challenge Trekkers support Network Kokoda.

Network Kokoda honours the war time legacy of our Kokoda Veterans and the PNG wartime carriers through agriculture, education, health and leadership initiatives by partnering with the villagers along the Kokoda Trail.  


For further information, please contact the Kokoda Challenge Co Ordinator,
Maureen Horne, 4323 2311; exec@grsl.com.au  www.kokodatreks.com