Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

Application Form


  1. The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge (KYLC) is open only to those people who reside in NSW
  2. The applicant must be aged between 16 and 22 (as at 27/09/2011)
  3. The applicant must be of a sufficient fitness level to be able to walk the Kokoda Track
  4. The applicant must be willing to complete a medical test if successful in their application
  5. The applicant may be required to participate in a face to face interview with ClubsNSW
  6. The applicant must be able to demonstrate if questioned a knowledge and appreciation of the Australian club movement and its social contribution to the community
  7. Preference may be given to those applicants who have a connection with Kokoda, i.e. a relative who fought there
  8. The applicant must be available for a face to face interview
  9. The applicant must be available (where reasonable notice is given) to participate in media promoting the KYLC before and after the trek
  10. The applicant may be required to make a presentation to ClubsNSW's Board of Directors within 3 months of the conclusion of their trip
  11. The applicant agrees to the use of photographs or material relative to their KYLC experience for use in various publications, without cost
  12. All parts of the application form must be completed
  13. The application form should be received by 11.59pm May 8 2011.

Please sign below if you agree to the above listed conditions. Then proceed to page 2 to complete the application form.

Signature _________________________________ Date _____________________

Application Advice

Considering the following points will strengthen your case for an interview:

  • Hundreds of people apply each year for the opportunity to walk the Kokoda Track. Including in your application that you have 2 brothers and a sister and enjoy going out is not going to make your name stand out from all the other applications.
  • Be creative, and tell us why you deserve this amazing opportunity.
  • While there is no single factor that will ensure you are selected for an interview, your contribution to the community will certainly influence the decision of the selection panel.
  • Are you a member of a charity, sporting group, club, not for profit, etc?
  • Are/ were you involved in school projects which have assisted your school, community, the disadvantaged?
  • Do you have a connection to Kokoda or the Australian Defence Force?
  • Tell us about your community, and why it is important to you.
  • What are your hopes and dreams?
  • Take the time to do a little research about Kokoda. It may benefit your application; it will definitely benefit you personally.
  • Also take the time to do some research about registered clubs. It may be a way of differentiating yourself from other applicants.
  • The physical element of walking the Kokoda Track is obvious. Listing your reason for wanting to walk the Track as "wanting to test myself physically" is not going to get you selected. If you simply want a physical challenge, run a marathon. Walking the Kokoda Track is so much more than just a 10 day walk through the bush.
  • Your application should be legible. Eight percent of applications last year could not be read and were automatically rejected.
  • You can rewrite your answers to the two questions on a separate piece of paper if you wish. However this page should be no more than 1 A4 page.
  • If you have a question, you should be the person who asks it. Don't rely on your parents or grandparents or school teacher to ask questions on your behalf. We are interested in you, not your mother or father.
  • Make sure you include your mobile number and email address.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. It's simply not fair for those who made the deadline.




Cristy Houghton