Western Australian Runners

Megan Highfold

Megan lives in Broome, WA, and is originally from the Kokatha tribe, near Ceduna South Australia and also has family connections to Alice Springs. On a personal level she wants to inspire her family and community to be more active and to assist in addressing a range of health issues, including mental health. Megan wants to see more Indigenous people speak up about mental illness and she wants to influence positive social change in Broome and break down the barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the area. She has started to notice change in the last 12 months through the Broome Deadly Running Group setting an example and seeing the growth within the group as well as the positive messages and recognition within the local Broome community being active and achieving positive things. Megan applied for IMP in 2015 and since then she has worked extremely hard to improve and return for the 2016 trials. She consistently trained with Adrian and volunteered at every community running event last year. Megan is an incredible asset to the Broome community and her IMP experience will be fantastic for her and the Kimberly region.

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Kimberley Benjamin

Kimba is from the Yawuru/Bardi / Kija tribe from Broome, Western Australia, currently living in Perth, WA. Kimba was born and raised in Broome and has been heavily inspired by 2014 IMP Graduate, Adrian Dodson-Shaw. She has no running background, trained for two months leading into the trials and her effort was incredible. Kimba is very passionate about being a strong female Yawuru woman and made the point that strong tribes are built around strong leaders and she is passionate about becoming a strong leader for her people, and the wider WA community. She finished secondary school in Perth and is very connected to the Indigenous community in Broome and Perth. Through her work she mentors Indigenous girls in secondary school, she is deeply passionate about inspiring children in Perth and Broome areas. Kimba has completed a bachelor of Art / Journalism and would like to work in journalism in the future to promote positive messages and give her people a platform to break down negative stereotypes. In 2011 Kimba travelled to Fiji as a community volunteer to assist communities strengthen their resources, she was involved in redeveloping a school and teaching the children. It is very evident that she is a very strong young woman with incredible potential.

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