Kathryn Beddoo, an upcoming senior at Washington and Lee High School knows running. She has spent many years practicing and racing and winning. This is why she was invited to run in two races sponsored by Down Under Sports in Australia earlier this month. In doing so, she has added another run to her list, but was also afforded the opportunity to experience many things for the very first time.
Beddoo’s long journey to Australia was her first time out of the country and her first time on an airplane. Traveling on the 15-hour flight by herself, Beddoo said at first she was really scared, but was pleased to find that Australia was a really friendly country. “Everyone is really laid back. People don’t get mad there. It was really refreshing.”
Along with the Australian people, Beddoo was a big fan of the Australian animals. She pet an emu and held a koala. She even took her senior pictures while petting a kangaroo.
Beddoo refrained from eating kangaroo meat, but did comment that the meat in general was different and she spent much of her free time at a restaurant specializing in meat pies called PieFace.
During her time there, Beddoo and the other runners practiced during the day and were given the nights and Sundays free to explore. Beddoo took a plane and a boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Beddoo said cruising on the glass bottom boat and snorkeling in the reef was really fun. “I had heard about it and learned about it before, but actually experiencing it is totally different. If anyone has the opportunity to do that they really should.”