Faith Shepherd, Annastacia Freeman, Koddie Kemp and Astrid Williams hard at work in the gym.
Faith Shepherd, Annastacia Freeman, Koddie Kemp and Astrid Williams hard at work in the gym. Allan Reinikka

Koddie wants to seize the day

ROCKHAMPTON’S Koddie Kemp is one of the many students who have given the city’s Carpe Diem program a glowing report.

And just because the school year is over, it doesn’t mean she’s going to stop trying to knock over her goals.

Koddie, a student at Glenmore High School, is among more than 60 youths who have taken part in the Rockhampton district program this year.

The program is the brainchild of well-known Rockhampton sporting identity John Harbin and was developed to provide sporting opportunities for youngsters who could benefit from a helping hand.

The aim is for youngsters to learn the discipline and self-motivation needed on the sporting field and use this in their lives.

Judging by the improved performances in the classroom of participants it’s been a success.

Some have also moved on and got jobs for themselves.

The school year may be over for Koddie, but she’s still strapping up and staying involved with the program.

At first she was a little embarrassed about getting involved in the gym.

“I was worried about people looking at me,” Koddie said. “But we have a great time with John. We know there are boundaries set and not to cross them.

“He’s like a father figure.”

John said a scaled-down version of the program would run through the holidays.

Things would be stepped up again when school restarted next year. “It has been going great,” John said.

The program is a Darumbal Community Youth Service initiative.



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