Behind The News (BTN)

Kokoda Challenge

Episode 24

Chloe Palmer-Simpson was only 18 when she suffered bad injuries on her head, stomach and legs leaving her in a fight for survival. This all happened from a terrible car crash. She was supposed to remained in hospital for about 9 to 10 months, but was out 3 months after she was addmitted. Swimming was always Chloe's love. She was keen to represent Australia in the Olympics, but after the car crash everything changed. Chloe did the Kokoda Challenge to raise money for the hospital's truama research, and also cause she wanted to thank the doctors and nurses for looking after her. To make it to the end would be a challenge of a lifetime. It took Chloe 5hrs to finish this trek, completing a challenge many others can't.


The Kokoda Track is one of the most challenging walks you can attempt anywhere in the world it is 96km through Papua New Guinea and was built in World War 2. It was on the Kokoda Track that Australian soldiers held of the Japanese army which was trying to get to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. Many people believe that the Kokoda campaign stopped the Japanese army from invading Australia.

Chloe Palmer-Simpson