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Human Powered Vehicle champions in the making

​Maryborough Special School students with their new HPV

The atmosphere is infectious. Students willingly go without sleep and push their bodies to exhaustion, all the while demonstrating teamwork and developing a sense of camaraderie with other teams that provides a positive and rewarding experience for all participants and spectators.

The Fraser Coast 24 hour Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Championship is an annual event held on the street circuit within the historical precinct of Maryborough CBD. More than 150 participating teams of high school students work as teams to race prototypes of energy efficient bikes.

Maryborough Special School principal Sue Omar said the HPV event is a whole lot of high-powered fun, endurance, innovation, imagination, spectacular excitement and awesome events packed into one weekend every September.

"This inclusive event provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents, community and local industry to work together to design and construct a variety of human powered vehicles," she said.

"School students come together and race their vehicles in a safe and controlled environment. They push themselves and their vehicles to the limit of fun and healthy racing competition.

"Students race to challenge themselves mentally and physically and to grow as a person. The students train hard and race to win and relish the very high levels of competitive racing that this sport offers school students," Ms Omar said.

In 2018, the criteria for vehicles changed to meet safety standards and the school vehicle was no longer eligible to compete.

Leisa Jones, a teacher aide at the school, and Brendan McShane, who was a previously employed teacher aide, got together to fundraise so the school could purchase a new vehicle with Variety Queensland donating the funds required.

"The children's charity very generously donated the money for the school to purchase a specially designed new vehicle from interstate," she said.

"Variety Qld came to the school to hand over the new vehicle and the atmosphere was euphoric – we can't wait to participate in the 2019 event."

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Last updated
26 August 2019