Sophie's stadium stomp for charity

Leura's Sophie Galea.

Leura's Sophie Galea.

As an avid Swans fan, Leura's Sophie Galea is used to visiting the Sydney Cricket Ground as a rowdy spectator but next month she will be the one out on the oval.

Ms Galea, 20, who is studying to be a teacher, is one of hundreds competing in Stadium Stomp, held at some of Australia's largest and most well known stadiums.

"I am doing Stadium Stomp with three of my best friends from high school. It's a big challenge and that's what makes the whole experience worthwhile.

"Both my dad and I follow AFL football and love going to the SCG to watch the Sydney Swans play. I am so excited to be able to run the stairs of the SCG, and a lap of the oval."

Participants climb up, down and around the stairs within the stadium bays, traversing almost five thousands stairs after setting off in staggered starts from the members stand. The run includes a visit to Allianz Stadium, where they will stair climb around the lower deck of the stadium before returning to the SCG (via the access tunnel) to complete the remaining SCG stands, finishing with a full lap of the oval.

"Being a part of this ultimate stair climbing challenge brings everyone together for the same important reason - fundraising for much needed funds for a range of charities," she said.

"I'm excited to be part of it. No matter how many stairs you complete it is definitely going to be a challenge. I have never done anything like this before."

Ms Galea has been training at the gym four times a week as well as doing exercises at home and will do the five week lead up stair climbing challenge on the event website.

And while she knows it will be difficult, she's prepared to keep going for the ultimate honour at the end when family and friends will cheer her aroung the oval after more than an hour of stair climbing.

"That's the part I am looking forward to the most - running a lap of the oval where many great sport players have played."

Money she raises will go to the McGrath Foundation which provides specialised breast care nurses in communities right across Australia.

"Without breast care nurses, [cancer] patients feel isolated alone, and find it very hard to stay positive during this difficult time in their lives," she said.

Anyone over 12 can participate. To help visit http://stadiumstomp2014scg.gofundraise.com.au/page/SophieGalea.

Further details: www.stadiumstomp.com.au.

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