Rising Suns conquer Grand Canyon

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 01 November 2012 | 14.43

Gold Coast Suns players trek through Grand Canyon during the Arizona pre-season camp. Source: Supplied

A TREACHEROUS 26km hike down and up the Grand Canyon faced the Gold Coast Suns junior players and new recruits on day three of the club's training camp in Arizona today.

Some handled the arduous challenge better than others, with Henry Schade and former Fremantle Docker Greg Broughton finishing the hike in 4hr 35mins.

Aaron Hall and Josh Hall both overcame cramps to stop the clock at just over five hours, while teenager Clay Cameron admitted he found the going tough.

"My glutes started to really hurt with about an hour to go, but Tom (Murphy) kept pushing me along," Cameron said.

"It was good to have someone there with you and he got my mind off it by talking about some of the stuff he had been through in his career."

Former Hawthorn defender Murphy paid tribute to Cameron for staying strong.

"He was going all right and he would have got there no doubt but sometimes that stuff is pretty lonely if you're on your own," he said.

Greg Broughton and Henry Schade lead the Gold Coast Suns on the 26km hike through the Grand Canyon. Source: Supplied

"Athletes have to do that on their own but with footy you have got your teammates around you."

Murphy said the fact Cameron got through the trek would do wonders mentally.

"I was just saying to him there are times in your career when you will play injured and you can look back at doing the Grand Canyon walk when you were hurting and know you can get through it," he said.

"It's easy to walk away from the Grand Canyon and think nothing of it, but you can actually take a lot of mental toughness out of it."

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