by CHRYS STEVENSON.
Talk at the Range Community Gym and Fitness Centre at Mapleton has turned from footy tips and cricket scores to strategies for tackling PNG’s infamous Kokoda Track.
Chaffey Backhouse, 65, is training to walk the track along with the gym’s senior trainer, Paul Parker.
He’s one of three Kokoda connections at the gym.
Ex-serviceman, Denis Condon, the gym’s recently retired boxing coach and fitness instructor, walked the track carrying a 20-kilogram pack in 2008, aged 58, and is on hand with first-hand experience tips.
Also joining Chaffey’s team of strategists is gym regular, Ian Jennings, who was posted near the track during World War II.
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