What made you decide to participate in the Harcourts Foundation Kokoda Challenge?
It has always been on my list of things I wanted to do and it was the first invitation I have received that didn’t interrupt my other commitments. Combine that with the fact that I can do it with friends and I have the opportunity to raise the awareness of and funds for Beyondblue and it was an easy decision.
What do you hope to get out of the Trek?
A sense of pride in overcoming challenges and a greater understanding of what my father and uncles went through in SE Asia in WWII
What do you think you will miss the most?
How will you mentally prepare for this experience?
Watch and read as much as I can about the track so that I am as well prepared mentally for the conditions as I can.
What are you mainly looking forward to?
The Anzac Day Ceremony and getting back to Port Moresby for a hot shower and a real bed!
What are you most afraid of?
How will you overcome this fear?
Focus on my training and take the appropriate first-aid
What sort of training are you doing to help prepare yourself for the journey?
Walking and climbing mountains each week, combined with my normal cycling and swimming.
If you could take one luxury from home, what would it be?
A flushing sit down toilet
What will be your primary motivating force to keep going?
I have never failed any the physical challenges that I have taken on over the past 30 years and don’t want Kokoda to be the first!