Agnes teen chosen for Mount Everest trek
TRAVIS Cazaly got the surprise of his life hearing he had been selected to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.
He hadn't even applied.
"I honestly didn't know about this," he said. "I got a letter in the mail and found out I was going."
The 18-year-old swimmer from Agnes Water was secretly nominated by his school principal to do the trek that aims to raise awareness about healthy living in central Queensland.
It wasn't until Mr Cazaly received a letter in the mail, saying he was going to climb the world's highest mountain next April, that he realised he'd been nominated.
"I wasn't expecting it at all!" he said. "I've overcome some things in my life - maybe that's why I got selected."
Chief executive Len Richards said his committee was looking for young people who would be good ambassadors to spread the word about good health, and might not otherwise have had an opportunity to go to Nepal.
"There is still a significant burden of disease that will far exceed our ability as health agencies to meet if, as individuals and society, we do not take responsibility for our own health," Mr Richards said.
"Our future is our children and young people, so who better to inspire us and lead the way in a culture of change than them?" he said.
Mr Cazaly was one of four young people selected along with Toulianna Hill, 16, from Woorabinda, Jack Duncan, 17, from Rockhampton and Will Nuss, 17, from Sapphire.
They will join Mr Richards, Rockhampton Hospital director of nursing Wendy Hoey and Dr Jack Dixon.
- The top is 8848m high
- Nepal Base Camp is 5364m high
- The mountain is 60 million years old
- Called Sagarmatha in Nepalese meaning goddess of the sky