Teen walks Kokoda for Viet Vet father he lost

6th December 2017 1:24 PM
HERE GOES: 16 year old Sean Fitzpatrick from Spring Grove on the Kokoda Track. HERE GOES: 16 year old Sean Fitzpatrick from Spring Grove on the Kokoda Track.

HIS legs hurt, he carried an eight-kilo backpack and the heat was stifling on the Kokoda Track.

Spring Grove's Sean Fitzpatrick is one of the youngest people in Casino's Legacy to walk the famous 10.96km track in Papua New Guinea.

The 16-year-old walked in honour of his father and Vietnam veteran Keith Edmond Smith who died in 2008.

"I did it for him and knew he was there,” Sean said.

"He died when I was seven years old.”

16 year old Sean Fitzpatrick from Spring Grove walked the Kokoda Track in honour of his father Keith Edmond Smith.
Sean Fitzpatrick's father Keith Edmond Smith.

Sean walked with his sister in a group of 48 walkers.

"It's another thing to tick off my bucket list,” Sean said at the annual Legacy Widows Christmas luncheon at the Casino RSM.

He gave a speech to the war widows and members, telling them about each day on the track.

"Day eight: On this day we headed for Naurpo Village where we had to track through swamp and rivers and a never-ending slope which gave my calves a good workout,” he said.

Sean said the challenge of the walk had definitely changed him. He drank seven litres of water a day due to the humid weather conditions and the physically gruelling nature of the walk.

Legacy supplied him with boots, bags and training for the walk.