Past Runners 2016


Wade Mongta

Wade
Wade's Indigenous heritage is with the Ngariga tribe and lives in Bodalla, NSW. Wade lives is a community where violence and drug abuse is common, and he is determined to use IMP to show people a different life and demonstrate that if you apply yourself you can achieve incredible things. He is extremely driven and very committed to training. IMP has been Wade’s target for the last few years and his determination is unquestionable, clocking up 20km training runs in the lead up to the IMP trials. Wade is the first person in his family to reach year 12 and puts reading the dictionary among his hobbies; again, with one goal in mind. “I had to come down here (to the trials) and be articulate, be formal not informal,” he said. He has harboured a burning ambition to succeed at the top level since he was a child, wanting to run for Australia since he was five years old. Wade believes that your past can make or break you and his past is what has made him.

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Megan Highfold

Megan
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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Wayne Sloane

Wayne
Wayne is a Wiradjuri man from Condobolin, NSW, and very connected to the Indigenous community in Condobolin and surrounding areas, as well as Queanbeyan. Wayne initially heard about IMP through the Queanbeyan Deadly Runners, established by 2013 IMP Graduate, Georgia Gleeson. Wayne studied a Certificate II in Sport & Recreation delivered by Georgia's fiance, Michael Weir, while he was living in the ACT. Michael recommended Wayne and commented on his leadership skills, being a standout within the group. Wayne has delivered programs to primary schools in the ACT as part of his Sport & Recreation course. Like his fellow squad members, Wayne wants to show his community that if you are prepared to make changes life doesn’t have to be negative. He is particularly keen to influence the youth throughout his area and he has recently started part time employment building furniture three days a week. Wayne thinks that being selected in IMP would give him a great platform to implement some positive programs through the culture centre in Condobolin. He said that through IMP, the community can realise that if you are fit and healthy and live an active life then opportunities can present themselves.

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Saliman Bin Juda

Saliman
Saliman is from Hammond and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, QLD. He represented Thursday Island at the National Deadly Fun Run championships in 2015 and is a member of the TI Deadly runners, established by 2014 IMP Graduates, Elsie Seriat and Harold Matthew. He has also volunteered at every event that has been held on the Island in the past 12 months since missing out on the 2015 squad. Since his previous trial in 2015, he has continued to run, contribute to his community through volunteer activities and has done everything in his power to strengthen his application for 2016. Saliman loves the transformation that has occurred on Thursday Island since Harold and Elsie were selected in the 2014 squad and wants to continue to drive the impact that the running group is having on the Island. He thinks Thursday Island's running culture is growing considerable and wants to focus his attention on the other Islands within the Torres Strait, so he spends time on the outer Islands through his work and believes he can have a positive influence in this area. Saliman has Certificate III in Aged care, Disability Services and Children Services as well as a Certificate IV in Business. Saliman is a great candidate to continue the legacy started by Elsie, Harold and Alicia up in the Torres Strait.

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Tahnee Sutton

Tahnee
Tahnee lives in Adelaide and is from the York Penninsula tribe of Nerunga. Her motivation to be part of the IMP was born from an aspiration to be a strong community leader. Despite applying to be part of IMP, which she has followed for a number of years, she has never been able to attend the trials. Tahnee was raised by her grandparents - her Grandfather who is an Arrernte Man from Alice Springs and Grandmother, an Nerunga woman. Tahnee attended Salisbury High School in Adelaide and following the completion of Year 12, she has completed a Certificate III in Business. Tahnee started running a few years ago to help her overcome significant adversity in her life. She couldn’t believe the way it assisted her change in thinking and is quite a competent runner. Tahnee is passionate about assisting to address the ICE issues in her community and feels that sport is an integral avenue to engage the youth to show them positive pathways and assist them in making positive life choices.

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Jesse Thompson

Jesse
Jesse is a Ngunnawal (Canberra, ACT) man and previously applied for IMP in 2015, narrowly missing out. Jesse grew up with his father in the Mt Druitt suburb of Hassle Grove, is highly passionate about IMP’s vision and wants to use the IMP platform to empower his community. Growing up, Jesse used to spend much of his time catching the train to Cronulla beach to swim and exercise. He found this a great way to create a positive environment for himself when life became challenging particularly within his community. Jesse is extremely committed to training and sets himself high standards to achieve. He is currently studying Physiotherapy at University. Jesse believes that success is a result of a cycle of potential, belief, action and results. He is currently training his family members to live active and healthy lifestyles.

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Kimberley Benjamin

Kimberley
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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Billy Bell

Billy
Billy's Indigenous heritage includes the Gundijmara/Yorta Yorta tribes. He lives with his partner and is looking forward to the birth of his first child in August. Billy is a program manager at Lake Condah Mission which is on Gundijmara country. There is a family history of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles in his family. Billy is committed to addressing the level of inactivity and chronic disease in his area, and is setting the example by recently losing 20kg. Billy wants to inspire his family and community to live a healthier lifestyle and address the high consumption of alcohol in his community. Billy has a Certificate III in Carpentry and is passionate about developing his skills and becoming a positive leader for his community.

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Jacinta Smith-Robins

Jacinta
Jacinta 's tribe is Wangkumurra – (SA, NSW, QLD borders) Far North West NSW, grew up in the outback NSW town of Bourke where she currently lives with her partner and their baby girl, Charlie. Jacinta is very connected to the Indigenous community in Melbourne and her home town of Bourke in NSW. Her selection and involvement in IMP will have a significant impact in both communities which is a real bonus as they are very different communities being very urban and the other very remote. Jacinta does not know anyone in her region that has ever taken on something like IMP and wants to take up the challenge to expose her community in Bourke to a different path. "I want to show them that it is ok to have a dream and I feel I owe it to my family and community to be a role model and improve the self-esteem of my community," she said. Jacinta's long-term goal is to work in education and focus on Indigenous engagement.    

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Kristika Kumar

Kristika
Kristika is from the Wadi Wadi tribe of Wreck Bay, NSW (half an hr outside Nowra) and has overcome significant adversity in her life. Kristika grew up at Rec Bay mission with her mother before moving to Sydney where she faced a  number of challenges. After overcoming hardship during her time in Sydney, she returned to live at Wreck Bay Mission in 2008 where she enrolled in education courses. Kristika now holds a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care, Certificate III in Business Admin and Certificate III in Pathology. Kristika works full time as an Aboriginal Health Worker specialising in Chronic Disease and regularly attends the Warminda Women’s Shed in Nowra exercising and mentoring other Indigenous women within the community. She has an incredible support network and is a great role model. Kristika said that she desperately wanted to be part of IMP to try overcome some barriers that exist in her life, so she can help other people do the same.  

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Zibeon Fielding

Zibeon
Zibeon is proof that you can never ever give up. A Pinjanjatjara/Yanykunytjara man from Mimili in the APY Lands, SA, 2016 marked the fourth year Zibeon tried out to be part of the IMP squad. He is a very confident young man who possesses a strong character, resilience and a high level of motivation. Zibeon has eight brothers and sisters and lives with his parents and five of his siblings in Mimili. He has a Certificate IV in Primary Health care and works from the local clinic. Zibeon is passionate about addressing the health issues in his community particularly chronic disease and spreading the message through the community about how chronic disease can be prevented, and his ultimate career ambition is to become a doctor. Since missing out on the squad in 2015,  Zibeon has volunteered at four deadly fun runs in the area and volunteers at a basketball program on Wednesday nights.

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Candice Love

Candice
Candice is a Ngarrindjeri from Murray Bridge in South Australia who works as an Archaeologist with a local Indigenous organisation preserving sensitive and sacred sites. Candice is involved with the Deadly Runners in Murray Bridge, established, managed and driven by 2013 IMP Graduate, Luke McKenzie and 2015 IMP Graduate, Daniel Lloyd. She is passionate about continuing the IMP legacy that Luke created and Daniel has continued. Candice is dedicated to addressing the need for more understanding and education about food and nutrition, and would like to use IMP as a platform to promote the positive and healthy benefits of a good diet.  

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