New South Wales Runners


Cara Smith

Cara Smith
Cara is a 30 year old woman from the Githabal Tribe residing in Queanbeyan NSW. Cara has come through the Queanbeyan Deadly Runners since joining in 2015, after being inspired by 2013 Graduate Georgia Gleeson, who formed the group. She was also supported by fellow 2015 Graduate, Aaron West. She applied because she wanted to improve her overall health which will allow her to continue her healthy lifestyle now being a mum to her first born son. Running has had such a positive effect on her as it has allowed her to trust her body and be disciplined to pursue her goals and dreams and one of those dreams was to be selected in IMP. After seeing high rates of suicide in our communities, particular our young men, she believes that whilst it won’t solve everything, education for our community surrounding the importance of mental health is a step forward in the right direction. Cara hopes her journey will inspire others around her to start making small positive changes in their life, and it can start by putting one foot in front of the other.

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Zane Sparke

Zane Sparke
Zane is a 25 year old Worimi man from Forster in New South Wales who is now residing in Port Macquarie.   He is a student at the Charles Sturt University studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Eco Tourism).   Zane first came across IMP by the Aboriginal Liaison Officer/friend at his university who knew of IMP Graduates and had followed the progress of the IMF.   He was driven to apply for IMP because he wanted to experience positive changes in his life after realising the effect of the culture of drinking and drugs.   Throughout his journey, Zane wants to be a positive role model both for his younger sibling, family and community and has demonstrated that by firstly applying for IMP and being successful in this year’s squad.   Zane is also a member of the Port Macquarie IMF RAW (Running and Walking) group established by IMP's first Graduate, Charlie Maher, who is a mentor/friend that will support him along his journey.

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Layne Brown

Layne Brown
Layne is a 29 year old Yuin man from Warilla in New South Wales. The Yuin clan is considered to be the traditional owners of the land and water from Merimbula to the southern head of the sea entrance of the Shoalhaven River on the NSW south coast. Layne is a father of one and works as the Far South Coast Centre Manager for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). Layne is committed to becoming a leader in his community, a role model for his daughter and community, and applying the skills, knowledge and experience he learns through IMF to address Indigenous weight issues and men’s mental health.

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