Trip of a lifetime

December 02, 2017

Hakan Karhan and Jake Butcher are using the heat of an Australian summer to prepare them for a trip to Canada next July to compete across a range of athletic disciplines.

Two district athletes are heading to Canada to compete after performing so well this year.

Wanganui Park Secondary College students Jake Butcher, 16, and Hakan Karhan, 16, dominated local, school and state level meets on their way to snaring an invite.

‘‘We’re off to Canada for athletics,’’ Butcher said.

‘‘We got selected going through state championships and all schools championships down in Melbourne.’’

The trip is through Sports Travel Australia and will see the pair compete at a number of meets during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

‘‘They invited us to go over to Canada and compete over there next year in July for 19 days, it’s a big trip,’’ Butcher said.

‘‘I think we compete in our preferred events against people around our skill level.’’

The teens are part of the Bendigo Harriers and impressed in different disciplines to claim their accolades.

‘‘To get invited I think you have to win an individual race, Jake went through as a long jumper and I went through as 100m and 200m,’’ Karhan said.

‘‘I started athletics probably in Grade 5 and just joined Bendigo Harriers last year.’’

Butcher is a former Shepparton Little Athletics Centre member and has been competing for only a few years.

‘‘I’ve done athletics since primary school but I only started doing it over at Bendigo last year,’’ he said.

‘‘I did little aths in Shepp the year before, so (I’ve been competing seriously for) three or four years.’’

The invitation does not cover expenses, so the boys have set up funding pages to help achieve their dreams.

‘‘We both have one set up, we’re aiming for about nine or 10 grand to cover all the fees and spending money,’’ Butcher said.

Butcher’s page is and Karhan’s is

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