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20,000 flock to Maryborough for Energy Breakthrough

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Twenty thousand people are braving the searing elements – and heading to this year’s Energy Breakthrough at Maryborough.

The event alone accounts for 16 percent of annual tourism in the Central Goldfiuelds Shire.

Eight thousand students from more than 150 schools are competing by making a driving a Human Powered Car (HPV).

Ballarat’s Damascas College traditionally does well (pictured above 2018) and team co-ordinator Alan Strange says win or lose, it’s a rewarding experience for everyone.

“It’s amazing. The Energy Breakthough is just an incredible event,” he said.

“It’s challenging and helping young people grow.

“You have to push yourself through 24 hours of very little sleep with peddling and fixing things in the middle of the night.

“It’s hard for a lot of the kids - but you see them they grow tremendously.”

Here's a video of some of the Damascas HPVs in action during term 2 ...

Image: Damascas College 2018