Rockhampton teenager prepares for trek up Mount Everest
WHEN Jack Duncan was called to the principal's office he thought he was in for trouble, not in for the experience of a lifetime.
But he soon found out his principal had actually nominated him for a fully funded trip to Nepal to climb to the Mt Everest Base Camp, through a program run by CQ Health and CQ Medicare Local.
The Glenmore State High School graduate has spent the past six to eight weeks following a training program to prepare for the trek.
He is one of four young Central Queenslanders to take part in the trek, which is one of the ways the organisations are raising awareness about the alarming preventative health issues in the area.
Last year they produced the 2014 CQ Health Needs Assessment which showed that, among other things, one in three CQ adults are obese and nine out of 10 adults do not eat the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables.
Jack has always been physically active with a range of sports, but said he had never considered climbing Mt Everest.
"I definitely would have thought of it as far out of my league," he said.
"(But) I'll see how I cope with the mountain; if I enjoy it I might try and climb some others."
Jack is now based on the Gold Coast, studying exercise and sport science, but travelled back to Rockhampton yesterday ahead of this weekend's trek event.
Tomorrow, a series of activities will take place in Victoria Park to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Jack will spend about two weeks in Nepal and leaves on April 5.
CQ Health event
Tomorrow, 8am to 11am at Victoria Park
Includes a $10 boot camp, fitness testing, giveaways, health information, games and a walk along the river.