No monkeying around at Challenge
URANGAN State High School students are going ape over the Technology Challenge.
The students have a gorilla theme for their six teams in this year's event.
Captain of the junior girls' team, Tara Green, said the theme came from a memorable quote from one of their teachers: "When you fight a gorilla, you don't stop when you are tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired."
The students unveiled their latest speed machine this week, courtesy of the Hervey Bay RSL.
The RSL has been a sponsor of Urangan SHS since 2007, and upped its donation to $2000 this year to pay for the bike for the junior girls' team.
School captain Madi Shorten said the students were excited about taking part in the Tech Challenge, and said the main rivals for the school were the teams from St Mary's in Maryborough.
Jeremy Gould rode in last year's event, and couldn't wait to get involved again in his final year at school, even with the huge amount of extra work that goes into the race.
Jeremy, Madi and Tara said there were hundreds of hours involved in training and preparation of the bikes.
The training involves endless laps at Hervey Bay airport every Sunday, along with practice runs to get the pit stops prepared.
An RSL spokesman said the money that went into the students for the Tech Challenge was money well spent.
"It's great to see the money going back into the community," he said.
Since 2007, the RSL has donated $4500 to the school, along with free water bottles for the race participants.