Community & Business

11 May, 2023

Teams ready to rumble

This year's participants are training harder than ever before, getting together to practice not only their running skills but also their ability to transfer the wheelbarrow and safely get in and out of the bus.

Teams ready to rumble - feature photo

A total of 37 teams from across Queensland have stepped up to the massive challenge this year, each with unique goals in mind.

So far in this year's competition, two local teams have stood out the most in the lead up, according to committee chair Cr Locky Bensted, who has followed both their journeys from day one – Wheelin’ for Willy and To Chillagoe for Cole.

“They are really special,” he said.

“I knew Willy, a 12-year-old boy from Ingham, who tragically passed away two years ago, and used to call his name when I was a rodeo announcer. To see them come back with two teams this year is something truly special.

“I have also been watching To Chillagoe for Cole, and I know their story and how much they are putting into fundraising. I think knowing their backstories and seeing them together on the day will be spectacular.”

This year, all eyes will be on last year's champions, Rusty Wheels, who plan to dominate the competitive side once again.

Amongst some of the most competitive teams are Nudgee College, Fit Bucks, CA Architects, Tune Squad and the Unathletes.

Team captain for Rusty Wheels, Alyssa Shorey, said gaining a win in this year’s competition was the goal as the team trained harder than ever before.

“We would love to gain another win but we expect very tough competition this year as it is the 20th anniversary and some old teams are coming back,” she said.

“This year, I am looking forward to having another great team and having an absolute blast of a time.”


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