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Team Member – Catherine Norman

Catherine Norman

Catherine Norman

There are times in life when a person just has to do what they have to do! Walking The Kokoda Track back to back is just one of those times.

Treking is in my blood. Every time I hit the track, I honour my late father, Barry Norman.

“Never give up”
“It’s character building”
“Carpe Diem” – (the family motto), rings in my ears when the going gets tough.

So, “Thanks Dad”.

It has become part of my personality to always want to look over the other side of a mountain and whilst walking The Kokoda Track in September 2010 I was reluctant for the experience to end. Track completed, a very strong desire to turn around and walk from where I’d come from hit me with a passion!!!!

So, when the opportunity came to walk both ways, I jumped at the chance.I am very proud to be one of an elite group of women to be fit, strong and determined enough to walk the track back to back (although some would say , “as mad as a box of frogs”).

That aside, most importantly is my driving force… To raise funds for Centacare’s Gift Of Time Appeal and support Auricht House to be able to offer respite care to families with intellectually disabled young people.

I consider myself to have been truly blessed in this life. So, thank you to the world.

Carpe Diem

If you wish to support Catherine’s fundraising efforts you can visit her sponsorship website at

Profiles for Team Page

I am seeking brief profiles from all K12s to go on the ‘Team page’ – a bit about yourself, a bit about your trekking history and a bit about your motivation for doing Kokoda.

I have training photos for most of you but feel free to send a photo.



By now most should be up to a couple of training sessions a week. The Kokoda Spirit training guidelines may be a useful resource. Our draft Saturday walking program for the next few months looks like is located on the Events calendar. I encourage you to come to as many Saturdays as possible – not only for the fitness but also for the experience and rhythms of walking with a group. The Saturday walks also give you a rare access to good (if sometimes contradictory) advice about the Track.

I have also indicated walks that are particularly important as they will allow me to assess you fitness for Kokoda. I must see you on at least one of these walks. If you can’t do any of these I am happy to work with you on an alternative trial date.


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