Jenny trains hard for the Great Ocean Road Trek

Member Matters Jenny Bates

The Great Ocean Road Trek is a tough challenge. One that Diabetes Queensland staff member, Jenny Bates, (left), is excited to take on. Now in its fifth year, the trek covers 100km from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles and raises vital funds and awareness for diabetes.


Jenny has worked in Diabetes Queensland's business services team for three and a half years.


"From my time working at Diabetes Queensland, I've seen firsthand the impact that diabetes has on people from all walks of life in Queensland," says Jenny.


"I've also learnt that diabetes is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, especially from seeing what some of my colleagues go through."


Jenny has been training hard in preparation for the trek, hitting the gym five days a week.


"I'm seeing a PT two times a week to get my strength up too. In the gym, I'm doing incline walking on the treadmill and also the Stairmaster in preparation for all the hills and steps.


"I went on my first hike in my whole life a few weeks ago. A co-worker and I went to the Toohey State Forest and did 10km. And, a couple of Sundays ago, we did a three hour hike at Mt Coot-tha. It was 12.5km and most of it uphill!"


The Great Ocean Road Trek's terrain varies greatly from day to day, with walking tracks through the bush, in rainforests, along the beach, across creeks, on boardwalks and up steps. Spectacular views and native wildlife are just some of the highlights. But it's a tough walk; the days are around 20km each, with plenty of valleys and hills to conquer.


"I think I'm most nervous about getting sore feet, because there is nothing worse than when you have to walk with sore feet.


"Of course, being a Kiwi, I'm always scared of snakes! I can't help but think of them every time I walk."


While it is a big physical and mental challenge for participants, the trek is made easier with airport transfers, bus shuttles, accommodation and catering all included.


We have also improved the Great Ocean Road Trek for this year, with detailed track notes and maps, a shortened distance on day three and the introduction of a health professional as a co-leader. Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Baveas, is bringing along her knowledge of exercise, health and diabetes to better support participants.


Past trekkers have described the experience as "amazing," "a great achievement," "loved it all," "once-in-a-lifetime," "wonderful," and of course, "challenging!"


"I'm most excited about the scenery. And I can't wait to see all the wildlife," says Jenny.


Would you like to join Jenny and Ashley on this year's trek?


Click here to download your Great Ocean Road Trek information pack or get in touch with our fundraising team by calling 1800 177 055 or email


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