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Students navigate to national rogaining championship

By Katie Weiss

CDU students Caitlin Chisholm (left), Nirali Patel and April Payne have completed the rogaining challenge CDU students Caitlin Chisholm (left), Nirali Patel and April Payne have completed the rogaining challenge

Three friends from Charles Darwin University have represented the Northern Territory in a 24-hour long distance cross-country navigation competition in New South Wales.

Biomedical science student April Payne, pharmacy student Caitlin Chisholm and clinical science student Nirali Patel used some of the survival skills they learned in their courses at CDU during the 2015 Intervarsity Championships.

April said the trio drew from course units where they learned about body fluid absorption, temperature balance and sterilisation techniques while competing at Capertee National Park, NSW.

“It has been good to take a break from studying and go outdoors and get active,” she said.

“You always get to see different parts of the country during competitions.”

The students received a Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation scholarship to take part in the competition after competing at the recent “Rossi’s Granite, Grass and Gravity” rogaining challenge 100km south of Darwin.

The students were selected by the NT Rogaining Association for the scholarship to take part in the competition, which was organised by the Australian Rogaining Association.