THERE is no wonder they are called the Rochy Rockets.
Because they are the fastest, the strongest and have been the team to beat for the past 10 years. And this year was no exception.
The St Joseph’s Primary School team spent three days in Maryborough last month to compete in the RACV Energy Breakthrough. And they came away champions.
They were overall winners in the pushcart - section 1, taking top spot in the sprint, endurance and obstacle legs.
‘‘We are just so proud of all the students,’’ teacher Peter Shorthouse said.
‘‘They have worked tirelessly since June, making a lot of sacrifices, so for their hard work to pay off is just fabulous.’’
They dominated their competition in the endurance race with the second place team a whole minute behind.
‘‘It was funny because they made us do three laps instead of two because we were so far ahead,’’ student Alex Ingram said.
‘‘And even then we came in second place.
‘‘So once they deducted the third lap we were the winners.’’
Bursting with excitement, the whole team gathered with their beloved coach Ron Williams on Friday to tell the Campaspe News of their triumphs.
Ron has been the backbone of the team for the past decade and works tirelessly to get the team up to scratch.
‘‘I just help them and show them the best way to go about things,’’ Ron said.
‘‘I just love it and the team this year were exceptional.
‘‘Our secret weapon is our spinner lever which helps them turn the cart around and swap drivers really quickly.
‘‘Our changes were the best they have ever been.’’
Ron said this year’s team had ‘‘big boots to fill’’.
‘‘Last year’s team was exceptional and got a final score of 94.5 out of 100 — something that has never been beaten,’’ he said.
‘‘And this year’s team was close behind with a final score of 86.6 out of 100.’’
Glowing with pride, Ronnie and the team of students were overflowing with important details and demonstrations. None more so than a banner with tributes to Ron.
‘‘We need to thank all of our sponsors and supporters,’’ Mr Shorthouse said.
‘‘The Rochester Men’s Shed also helped us out this year with the tool stand they made for us which made it much quicker for the students to get the tool they wanted.
‘‘We had a great time and we are so proud of each and every one of our students.’’