Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

Over the last 10 years St Marys Rugby League Club has given many young local students the opportunity of a lifetime.

Here’s what a few of our Trekkers had to say on their return …


“Now that my time in Kokoda is over, I feel that anything is possible. Ensuring that I live life to the fullest taking hold of any opportunities that may come my way that may help to shape my future”. Connor Burke


“Trekking Kokoda has been an absolute honour and privilege and something I will carry with me for the rest of my days.
“It has taught me that I have to take every opportunity head on and do the best I can as well as learn and grow and to give back for everything that I have been provided with”. Katie Dal Santo


The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is designed to give participants:


  • An appreciation of our military history
  • A respect for the sacrifice made by young Australians of a previous generation
  • An appreciation of a culture whose values are not based on materialism
  • An appreciation of the qualities necessary for teamwork
  • An appreciation of the characteristics of leadership
  • An understanding of the purpose and value of community service


2011Laura Mitchell – St Marys Senior High School
2011Benjamin Snelgrove – Kingswood High School
2012Isabel Tibbles – St Marys Senior High School
2012Madelyn Smith – St Marys Senior High School
2013Grace Shalders – Penrith Academic Selective High School
2013Jordan Ruchalski– Penrith Academic Selective High School
2014Kayley James – Jamison High School
2014Robert Vukovich – Erskine Park High School
2016Brianna Raymond – St Agnes Catholic High School
2016James Ombina – St Marys Senior High School
2017Grace Faulder – Penrith Academic Selective High School
2017Callum Meney – Penrith Christian School
2018 Anastasia Ellis – St Marys Senior High School
2018Annalise Della Libera – St Marys Senior High School
2019Katie Dal Santo – Penrith Christian School
2019Connor Burke – Jamison High School


Watch what previous Trekkers have to say about how Kokoda changed their lives.