Teenagers with cerebral palsy take on Australia’s highest mountain in gruelling trek up Mt Kosciusko
Wheelchairs and walking frames no barrier as 18 young adventurers with cerebral palsy attempt the inaugural Krazy Kosci Klimb
It is a feat of herculean proportions for the young participants – leaving at sunrise from the base camp at Charlotte Pass, and with the assistance of support crews, trekking the 18.4 kilometre round trip to the summit of Mt Kosciusko and back.
The track is rocky, uneven, overgrown and steep in parts. The weather as they move slowly towards the summit is highly unpredictable and could range from extreme heat to bitter cold and gale force winds.
Add to that the physical challenges that come with cerebral palsy – muscle weakness and spasms, vision and hearing impairments, the need by many to use walking frames, leg splints and wheelchairs – and you have Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s inaugural Krazy Koscki Klimb.
14 year old Hannah Diviney is the brainchild behind what is believed to be Australia’s first ever endurance event for teenagers with cerebral palsy which will be held on Saturday 22nd February.
‘I have cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t mean I’m not an adventurer and don’t relish a challenge’, Hannah says. ‘It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be physically and emotionally demanding, but how great are we going to feel when we reach the summit!’
This ‘can do’ attitude is shared by all 18 teenagers with cerebral palsy from throughout NSW who quickly signed up to take part in the Krazy Kosci Klimb after Hannah concocted the idea with family friend and adventurer Mick Campbell.
Mick was relaying his recent trip up Mount Kosciusko and Hannah thought she’d like to do the same – and so the Krazy Kosci Klimb was born!
Each participant has a support crew of four people who will assist them on the trek, and the financial backing of a corporate supporter. The teenagers have been training and fundraising hard, with the Krazy Kosci Klimb aiming to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the trek for participants and to support Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s sport and recreation programs for children and teenagers.
‘We are excited to show all of Australia that having a physical disability like cerebral palsy doesn’t have to get in the way of having dreams and the determination to make them come true’, Hannah said.
‘Nothing is impossible, and we can’t wait to be at the very top of Australia looking down on what we have conquered.’
The 18 teenagers with cerebral palsy and their corporate support teams are:
Jennifer Freeman (Bligh Park) – NAB Financial planning
Nicholas Crowne (Wahroonga) – NAB Financial planning
Chelsea Boulding (Banks) – JORG (Jim Owens Running Group)
Joseph Ryan (Singleton) – JORG (Jim Owens Running Group)
Sophie Geeves (Avalon) -Surgical Specialties Australia
Liam Maguire (Whitebridge) – Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Evan Fragiadakis (Kareela) – Ramsay Health, Kareena Private
Kyle Jesshope (Yerrinbool) – Ramsay Health, Southern Highlands Private
Lloyd Warren(Goulburn) – JORG (Jim Owens Running Group)
Hannah Diviney (Penshurst) – JORG (Jim Owens Running Group)
Jack Hanrahan-Shirley (Killara) – Ramsay Health, Mt Wilga Private
Natasha Garrity (Killarney Heights) – Ubank
Meret Hassanen (Narrabeen) – Ramsay Health Corporate
Elizabeth Wild (Manly Vale) – Commonwealth Bank
Nina Mitsui (Berowra Heights) – NAB Financial planning
Felix Bennett (Manly Vale) – COHORT digital
Christian Wells (Hamilton) – Commonwealth Bank
Lucas Barnes (Revesby Heights) – Taysols consulting
To support all participants in the Krazy Kosci Kimb, go to www.krazykosciklimb.com.au
Released on 12 Feb 2014