Past Runners 2013


Jack Wilson

Jack
20 years old from Townsville. Jack missed out on the IMP try outs last year, so was keen to be a part of the Project this year. He tried out for IMP because he believes there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and wanted a goal to focus on. He wants to be a strong Indigenous role model in his community, and to gain a better understating of the health issues affecting the people in his community. Jack has always had a passion for running, and was a talented cross country runner while at school. He also played NRL, but injured his shoulder, and now runs every day. Jack volunteers coaching junior football teams, and is now a third year apprentice carpenter. When he finished his apprenticeship he is hoping to go to university.

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Georgia Gleeson

Georgia
30 years old from Queanbeyan Georgia has struggled throughout her life with Bipolar. She has consulted numerous doctors who have all provided her with medication of which have severe side effects. From years of trial and error sorting out what medication works best for her, she has found that regular physical activity is by far the best form of therapy to control her moods. She knows she has to run in order to make herself feel good. Georgia wanted to be part of IMP to show people that they are capable to changing their lives, and they don’t have to feel helpless. She wants to pass on the positive message of living a healthy life to her family and community, especially young females. Georgia recently graduated with a Certificate IV in Fitness, and is running her own Indigenous boot camp classes in Queanbeyan.

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Carla Snow

Carla
23 years old from Newcastle Carla is Aboriginal from the Craig-Gumbanggir clan. She grew up in Coffs Harbour, before moving to Newcastle for University, and is the second IMP team member from Newcastle, following in the footsteps of 2012 athlete Nat Heath. Carla lives in a low socio-economic area in Newcastle. There are a lot of kids roaming around with no drive, and she wants to change their outlook on life, and their perception in community. She is already a big role-model in Newcastle. She coaches an under 21, mostly Indigenous, touch football team and is a state touch football representative. Carla wants to challenge herself mentally and physically and inspire her community, as well as the students that she teaches, and show the younger generation the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Carla moved to Newcastle for University, and took up running because she found it helped control her anxiety issues.  She works as a Physical Education teacher.

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Charmaine Patrick

Charmaine
29 years old from Hermannsburg Charmaine is Aboriginal from Hermannsburg, and has lived in the community her whole life. She is the first IMP athlete from Hermannsburg, and is helping to strengthen the IMP connection in Central Australia, following the participation of athletes from Alice Springs in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Charmaine wants to run and be healthy and to also stand up for her community and show other single mums that if she can do it, they can do it to. She wants to be a role model and stop smoking, try IMP and try running. She also wants to be part of IMP to encourage and inspire others, and show them that there is more to life. Charmaine is a mother to two young boys and works full-time at the East Arnhem Shire.

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Elise Hull

Elise
24 years old from Bathurst Elise is Aboriginal from Adnyamathanha/Arabana. Elise wanted to be involved in IMP because she wants to do something for herself. She also wants to inspire her family and community to be active. Elise took-up running 12 months ago, and is aiming to do a fun run every month. Elise is actively involved with Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, and works to connect elders with the rest of the community. On top of that, she is also studying a Bachelor of Arts, and is a mother to a four year old daughter. Elise had often thought about applying to be part of IMP in the past, but wanted to wait until she had built up a good support network for her young daughter. She now believes she is ready to chase her dream.

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Evelyna Dhamarrandji

Evelyna
23 years old from Galiwinku, Elcho Island Evelyna is Aboriginal, from the Djambarrpuyngu clan. She is the first IMP athlete from Elcho Island, and has lived in the community of Galiwinku her whole life. She wants to be part of IMP to represent her community and to try something different. She wants to show other women her age in her community that she can run a marathon, and to be a good role model. Evelyna is the head of her local church group and helps young people in the community with employment. She has previously been nominated for the Northern Territory Young Achiever Award. She has represented the Northern Territory in track running, AFL and touch football. Evelyna works full-time at the East Arnhem Shire and is mother to two young children. She has a great support base in the community, including her partner, and other community members.

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Lisa Bloxsome

Lisa
27 years old from Nowra Lisa is Aboriginal from the Wadi Wadi clan. She lives in Nowra and decided to try out for IMP as she wanted to challenge herself and to show her family and friends what she can achieve when given a chance, as well as showing her community what she can achieve. Lisa wants to show the younger generation in Nowra that there is more to life, and that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. Lisa is studying a Certificate IV in fitness, and helps with a women’s group in Nowra, taking fitness classes.

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Tali Tabuai

Tali
25 years old from Saibai Island Tali wanted to try out for IMP to try something different and wants to shine in a different sporting field because everyone plays the same sports in Cairns. He was inspired by his brother Jurgean, who ran for IMP in 2012, and wants to show people that if Jurgean can do it, so can he. He wants to spread the message in the Torres Strait that you can choose to do something different and still succeed. Tali plays AFL and NRL, training twice a week and playing games on the weekend. He runs three times each week. He finished grade 12 and was school captain in high school. He has travelled to Canberra for a ‘Dare to Dream’ program. He loves what IMP is about and is keen to get some more people from Saibai Islands to try out for IMP next year.

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Colin Sampton

Colin
23 years old from Cairns Colin is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander from Badu Island. Since taking up running 18 months ago, Colin has lost 35kg, and is now in love with the sport. He now wants to become a long distance runner, and his passion for running was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics. He also wants to use running to stay healthy and continue to lose weight, while motivating his family and showing them what he can achieve. Colin spent his whole life in Cairns, before recently taking up a traineeship with the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara in central Australia, which will give him a Certificate II in Hospitality.

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Justin Miller

Justin
25 years old from Katherine Justin is Aboriginal from Ramburrunga Trip Arnhem Land Justin moved around a lot growing up and raised himself from a young age. He has lived in Katherine for the past seven years. He now raises seven children, a number of which are foster children, with his partner, and wants to teach them the right way to live, and ensure that they are the opportunities that he didn’t have. Justin wanted to be involved in IMP to help make a positive change in Katherine, as well as in wider Indigenous Australia. He also wants to inspire his children and show them that they can achieve anything in life. Justin runs a program in Katherine called Strongbalas – an Indigenous men’s health program that supports men through a variety of issues including homelessness, crime rehabilitation and health education.

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Luke McKenzie

Luke
27 years old from Murray Bridge Luke is Aboriginal, and lives in Murray Bridge. Luke has been integral in helping IMP develop a strong relationship with the Murray Bridge community through the Deadly Fun Run Series, and wants to show young people in the community that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. Luke was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 11, and wasn’t expected to recover. After spending years in a hospital room, he then started his life from scratch, and has since played basketball at an A Grade level, as well as recently losing 12kg. Luke wanted to be part of IMP because he believes in promoting healthy lifestyles and has always wanted to see someone from Murray Bridge involved in the Project. Luke loves to see what can be achieved when you put your mind to it. Luke works full-time in Indigenous employment.

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Nathan Djerrkura

Nathan
24 years old from Yirrkala, NT Nathan is Aboriginal from the Wangurri clan. He grew up in Yirrkala, before moving to Victoria to pursue his passion for AFL, playing for both Geelong and the Western Bulldogs for six years. He recently moved back to Yirrkala to be closer to his family and now works full-time as a youth worker for the East Arnhem Shire Council organising different activities and encouraging young people in the community to achieve their best. Nathan wants to continue to build on the impact that past IMP squad members Jamie Wunungmurra (Boston 2012) and Arian Pearson (New York 2011) have had in Yirrkala. He has a strong interest in sport and recreation and wants to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle to the people in his community.

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