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Taming the Tully, students take on the rapids

​Queensland students have had the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Under 19 White Water team.

In less than 2 weeks, students from Cairn’s Redlynch State College and St Andrew's Catholic College, will compete in a once-in-a-lifetime event – the World White Water Rafting Championships on the Tully River.

The teenagers have dedicated 18 months, training 4 days per week for the championships, forming a rock-solid bond in their quest to rule the river. 

Team coach Mark Miller said the dedication of the boys has been admirable.

“The fact that they’re so keen and wanting to come out every day that we train makes it easy and a real joy for me as a coach,” he said.

“When they’re not training with us, doing school work or working part-time jobs, you’ll find them out in their kayaks.”

“They’re representing Australia and I think they have a real chance of becoming world champions.”

The event will be held from 13 to 20 May on the world-renowned Tully River, in a section of iconic grade 3 and 4 water, spilling through the World Heritage rainforest of Tropical North Queensland. More than 400 of the world’s best rafters will compete in the world championships.

The event will be broadcast through Fox Sport.

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Last updated
17 June 2019