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RACE CONCLUDED 6 SEPTNEXT ROVING RACE ECUADOR - JULY 2015
Endurance superstars left in the dust

 

Endurance superstars left in the dust

By Simon Penn

The big names competing in RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010 were left eating dust when stage one of the event got underway today.

Students from the Dawul Remote Community School led competitors away from the start at Doon Doon outside Kununurra, delighted as they streaked ahead for the first few hundred metres before leaving the real competitors to battle out the rest of the 41.8km stage.

Students at Dawul come from the nearby Woolah Aboriginal Community. Dawul means “barramundi dreaming” in the Woolah language. A barramundi is a prized sports and table fish found in the waterways of northern Australia.

RacingThePlanet formed a bond with the school last year while preparing for the race, including donating sneakers to all the students.    

Dawul teacher Sally Bin Omar says there are about 30 children at the school. 

“They couldn’t wait, they were all up early getting us out of bed,” she says.

“It’s one of the biggest events we’ve ever had, with people coming from all over the world.

“The whole experience of meeting everybody, the idea of getting on to the website and learning about the competitors.”

Sally says the event has been incorporated into lessons at school and the children were especially excited to finally meet competitors they had studied on the internet.

Some of the children were also involved in performing a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony that greeted competitors and staff on arrival at the Doon Doon campsite the previous day. 

Sally says life at Woolah is wonderful, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and towns.  

“Life out here is peaceful, it’s beautiful, everyone knows each other, the kids all get along with each other in the community, and we’re not far from swimming holes and fishing holes,” she says.

Before the start of stage one of RacingThePlanet: Australia 2010 competitors and support staff also observed a minute’s silence in recognition of ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance on April 25 in Australia and New Zealand for those who lost their lives serving their country in war time.
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