Off to Australia?

Trio of Madras athletes seeking help for trip
Three Madras High students could be going on the summer trip of a lifetime. They are all invited to participate in sports trips to Australia as part of teams from Oregon through Down Under Sports.
   Krista Haugen would be involved in beach volleyball and indoor volleyball. Both Andrew Flu and Atcitty Begay would participate in 5- and 6-kilometer races.
   Haugen has played volleyball since she was 8, but not really beach volleyball.
   "I've played mud volleyball, but never beach volleyball," said Haugen who played on the Madras varsity volleyball team all four seasons. She will graduate from Madras in June and play volleyball at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., starting this fall.
   "I've always wanted to go to Australia; it's my dream place to go," Haugen said. "I've never been out of the states for anything. This would be a once in a lifetime opportunity."
   The trip is from July 7-18 with a schedule of 10 volleyball matches. The matches will be at Surfer's Paradise along Australia's Gold Coast, along the eastern seaboard south of Brisbane.
   Flu and Begay would be going to Australia for 11 days starting on July 13. Both would compete against runners from this country as well as from other countries including Australia.
   "This would be a life-changing experience," said Flu who is a junior at Madras.
   Flu competed in the 5A state cross country championships last fall. He is also a member of the Madras track team specializing in the 800- and 1,500-meter events.
   Begay is a senior at Madras. He competed on the Buff cross country teams and is a distance runner on the track team, running in the 1,500 and 3,000.
   "I'm excited about this opportunity," Begay said. "Except for going to Canada, I've never been outside of this country."
   All three athletes are seeking donations to help with the $4,500 cost for the trip. The trip organizer, Down Under Sports, has a May 1 deadline for the required money to be turned in.
   Anyone seeking to help out can contact the Madras High athletic department at 475-7265, ext. 312 (the athletic department will not accept donations on behalf of the athletes however).