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Shelby Cox | Johnson Publications

Willis Christner displays the t-shirt he is selling as a fundraiser for his trip to Australia to attend the Down Under Central Conference Track and Field in July.

WP junior has a chance to go “down under” for track competition this summer

Willis Christner, a junior at Wauneta-Palisade High School, has been chosen to compete in the Down Under Central Conference Track and Field competition on the Gold Coast of Australia starting July 2–10. Christner said there is a list of five events but he really hopes he can get into the mile and two mile competitions.
    Down Under Sports was founded in 1989 by a man named George O’Scanlon from New Zealand. O’Scanlon fell in love with athletics, especially American football. He wanted to promote football not just in New Zealand, but also in Australia. He then started the Down Under Bowl which soon led to the  Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International games.
    The Down Under Sports program is meant to use the “common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head to head in the sport they love.”
    Christner said “I was surprised I got picked!”
    Christner has a love for running and staying active. He is very excited to go down there and experience track the “Australian” way.

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