Past Runners 2012
- Emma Cameron
- Korey Summers
- Justin Gaykamangu
- Jurgean Tabuai
- Marius Clarke
- Nat Heath
- Kieren De Santis
- Amber Parker
- Nickaela Kerindun
- Grace Eather
31 years old from Darwin Emma decided to try out for the Project to encourage others and show how running, and sport in general can increase confidence, especially for Indigenous women. She wants to be a role model for the next generation, and to make people around her proud to be Indigenous. Emma is a keen sportswoman, and has been involved in netball from a young age, representing the Northern Territory. Emma has been heavily involved in fundraising for the Project, and has raised close to $2000 through her community. Emma suffered a knee injury prior to the 30km time trial in Alice Springs in September, and is training hard for the Boston Marathon in April, 2013, after finishing a 30km run in Canberra in February.
23 years old from Alice Springs Korey has been a talented runner all his life, and prior to joining IMP, has never publicly recognised his Indigenous heritage. Korey wanted to be involved in the Project to be a role model and encourage young people in Alice Springs and to make a difference in his community. Korey follows in the footsteps of past IMP athletes from Alice Springs – Charlie Maher and Caleb Hart in 2010 and Reggie Smith in 2011. Korey proved his running talent throughout his time in the Project, finishing the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival half-marathon in September 2012 in a personal best time of 79 minutes. Korey is also the first IMP athlete to win a national medal, picking up two medals at the Northern Territory Athletics Championships in 2012. Following the cancellation of the 2012 New York Marathon due to Hurricane Sandy, Korey continued his training and finished the Tokyo Marathon in February 2013, alongside his IMP team mates, in an IMP marathon record time of 3 hours 8 minutes. He hope to continue with his running, and wants to represent Australia at the Olympic Games.
30 years old from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land Justin decided to try out for the Project to set a positive example for his young son, and to do something positive of his community of Ramingining. Justin was already a strong role model in his community and plays a vital role in helping to organise regular sporting activities for the young people in community. Since joining IMP, Justin has been known in Ramingining as the running man, and hopes to one day open a sports store in the community. Justin travelled to New York with the 2012 IMP team before the marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. He is continuing his running training, and hopes to run the Melbourne Marathon in November this year.
30 years old from Saibai Island Jurgean was the first ever Torres Strait Islander male to be selected into the Project, and to finish a marathon. Jurgean joined the Project to inspire young people in his community to take up running, just as he had. He has always been a strong runner, but has improved his running significantly since joining the Project. After suffering a leg injury earlier in the year, Jurgean returned to run a 40 minute 10km at the Gold Coast Running Festival in July, and went on to finish the 30km Alice Springs test event in 2 hours 34 minutes. Jurgean travelled to New York in November with the 2012 squad, before the marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. He continued with his training after returning home, and finished the Tokyo Marathon with the IMP team in February 2013 in a time of 3 hours 27 minutes. Jurgean is currently living in Port Lincoln, and is expecting his first child later in 2013.
23 years old from Gunbalanya Marius wanted to be involved in the Project as an inspiration to his family and community, and to represent them in a positive way. His involvement has helped to show young Indigenous men and women in his community that running can make them fit and healthy, and take them to places like New York. Marius was integral in helping set up a Deadly Fun Run Series in Gunbalanya, and managed to get local businesses on board to help support a community barbeque at the end of the run. Marius is heavily involved in AFL, and works full-time for the Clontarf Academy. His running improved significantly since joining the Project, and he finished the 30km Alice Springs test event in September in 2 hours 25 minutes. Marius travelled to New York with the IMP squad in November 2012 before the marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately after returning from New York, Marius sustained an injury that stopped him running. He is hoping to start training again soon, and wants to run the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany in October.
27 years old from Newcastle, NSW Nat decided to apply for the Project as an opportunity for education and health, as well as a way to promote health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities. During his marathon training, Nat became heavily involved with the Newcastle Parkrun series, and has improved his running significantly. Nat travelled to New York with the 2012 IMP team before the marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Nat continued with his marathon training, and finished the Tokyo Marathon with the IMP team in February 2013 in a time of 3 hours 15 minutes. Nat recently moved to Sydney to take up a position with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). He is continuing his running training, and is in the process of training for a half-ironman event.
Kieren De Santis
20 years old from Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands Kieren decided to try out for IMP as he could see himself falling into the trap of bad habits, and didn’t want to cut his life short. He also wanted to be a role model for other young people in Milikapiti, and inspire them to be involved in sport and to live a healthy lifestyle. As soon as Kieren joined IMP, he quit smoking, and is continuing to encourage other people in his community to do the same. When Kieren arrived at the first IMP camp in May 2012, he had never run further than 10km, and was still smoking heavily. He managed to run a 16km time trial, and finished with the rest of the squad. Kieren’s involvement in IMP has sparked an interest in running on the Tiwi Islands, and he was integral in setting up the Tiwi Road Runners running club, and launching the Deadly Fun Run Series. Kieren is hoping to continue with his running, and complete a marathon.
22 years old from Cessnock Amber was selected for the Project after unsuccessfully trying out in 2011. She continued with her training throughout the year and made the team in 2012. She wanted to be involved in the Project to reconnect with her Indigenous heritage after admitting that she had previously struggled with her Indigenous identity. Amber studies Social Work at the University of Sydney, and hopes that she can use what she has learned through the Project to help people in her community trapped in the cycle of poverty. Amber is a keen sportswoman and lives with her family in Cessnock.
22 years old from Aurukun, QLD Nicky joined the Project as she wanted to make a difference in her community, and to make people happy through the simple act of running. During her involvement with the Project, Nicky helped to launch a Deadly Fun Run Series in Aurukun, and has improved her running significantly, as well as living a much healthier lifestyle. At the 30km test event in Alice Springs in September 2012, Nicky finished her goal of 21.1km (half-marathon), which was 10km further than she had ever run before. Nicky is planning to move to Wagga Wagga in 2013, where she hopes to join a running group, and continue to improve her running.
22 years old from Maningrida, East Arnhem Land Grace decided to join the Project to challenge herself and to promote health and wellbeing in the younger generation in Maningrida. She is passionate about education, and is studying to be a teacher, while teaching at the primary school in Maningrida. Grace was unable to train in the Maningrida community due to the risk of being attacked by wild dogs. Instead, she had to be driven out of the community and dropped-off, and then run home. During the warmer months, she had to be up each day before the sun rose as once the sun is up, it is too hot to train. Grace wanted to be involved in IMP to follow in the footsteps of 2010 IMP squad member Juan Darwin, who is also from Maningrida. She wanted to do for the women of Maningrida what Juan had done for the men.