TAS is renowned for its adventure and expedition opportunities which include the Tour de Rocks bike ride, 2km Coffs Ocean Swim, Anya’s Wish 19 km walk and the TAS 4-hour event all of which form part of the coveted ‘Triple Crown’. Each of these events has a service component and requires that the students are challenged to extend themselves and their expectations above what they ever imagined they could achieve. These activities are all voluntary yet we have hundreds of participants every time - that speaks for their appeal.
Triple Crown Challenge
Students and staff at TAS have the opportunity to swim, run, cycle and paddle their way to an award that recognises endurance and challenge. The TAS Triple Crown recognises those who successfully complete at least three of the four endurance events including:
- 2km Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim
- 14km City to Surf run
- 210km Tour de Rocks mountain bike ride
- The TAS 4 hour event
If all are completed in a single calendar year, they are eligible for the Gold Triple Crown.
The award espouses the values of determination, resilience and aspiration. All events are individual entry only and require participants to train significantly beforehand. The unique variety of fixtures means that this award is open to all, not just those for whom sport is central.
Regional ‘Toughen Up’ Challenges
At various times throughout the year there will be a Regional Toughen Up event and TAS sends many brave volunteers to head off for the day to complete the course. Ideal for Middle School students in particular, these fun challenges are popular, muddy and fulfilling.
Courage Endurance Mateship Sacrifice
Carved into the four black granite pillars of the Isavuru Memorial to Australian and Papua New Guineans who served and died on the Kokoda Track in 1942, these four words represent the qualities of those who gave so much in World War II. .
They also reflect the personal stories of students and members of their families who have walked the famous trail. Combining personal challenge and respect for service, TAS first organised an expedition in 1997 to mark the centenary of the school’s Cadet Unit. The trek has been repeated a number of times since by students and their families alike. The Kokoda expedition has stood the test of time at TAS because today’s students still crave the great adventure of their historical counterparts.