Western Australian Runners
Scott is a 30 year Nimanburr and Yawuru man from the Kimberley’s living in Broome who works at the Kimberley Land Council as a field officer. He was inspired by taking on the challenge after seeing Adrian Dodson-Shaw's journey in 2014 followed by Megan Highfold in 2016. His cousin tried out in 2016 and Scott came along to support her. He promised if she tried out that he would do the same in 2107. Scott built up the courage to try out because he wanted to change his life and become a positive role model for his three sons being a single father. Scott has battles with depression and mental health issues along with physical health and wel-lbeing. He is passionate about these issue because he has dealt first hand with them, so through his IMP journey he wants to become an advocate. He is also grateful for being able to have the opportunity to keep the IMP ripple effect in the Kimberley’s
Allirra is 24 year old from the Balladong tribe (Noongar Nation) and Gija (Halls Creek, Kimberley’s) who is living in Perth. Indigenous Communities, Education, and Awareness (ICEA) Foundation is a youth-led not-for-profit that strives to achieve national reconciliation through mutual respect for all Australians. Built on the three-pillar philosophy of providing positive experiences, facilitating genuine relationships and fostering greater cross-cultural understanding, ICEA's programs and events empower youth to become reconciliation ambassadors in their local community, driving reconciliation into the future. Allirra was inspired by friend and IMP Graduate #59, Kimberley Benjamin. Allirra wanted to prove to herself that she could take up the same challenge and complete a full marathon, and also represent her family, community and people. She is determined to lead and be the example for young people to make them realise that they can reach and achieve their goals if they put their mind to it, as we know it takes courage to put you hand up and have a go at something.
Natasha is a 29 year old Worimi woman from Karratha in Western Australia. She was a full-time child care educator for many years who wants to inspire children and encourage them to follow their dreams, now recently started working as an Aboriginal Islander Liaison Officer. Natasha is motivated to use her IMP experience to help address issues associated with mental illness and demonstrate how leading a healthy lifestyle can help provide positive health benefits.
Luke is an Australian an army veteran, having served as an infantry soldier in the Australian Army for four years. He has experienced first-hand the effects of mental health and depression following the loss of many fellow army-men. Luke is a proud Noongar man from South Perth who is passionate about promoting the positive mental and physical benefits of physical activity and wants to help people suffering mental health issues. Fitness has been a constant in Luke’s life, regularly attending the gym, running up to three times per week and paying AFL as well as water polo. Luke recently ran his first half marathon and is looking forward to the challenge of a marathon and potentially breaking into the triathlon scene in the future.