Indigenous women put to the test at AIS

Six young Indigenous women will today descend on Canberra for their first training camp as part of the 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project New York Marathon squad.

Leaving behind the comforts of home, the six women will be faced with a number of challenges, including the Canberra winter, as they take a step closer to running the world’s most famous race, the New York Marathon.

Under the guidance of World Champion marathon runner, and former Australian of the Year, Rob de Castella, the women, many from tiny remote communities, will be put through their paces over the intensive four day camp.

For 21 year old Grace Eather, the icy streets of Canberra will be world away from the remote community of Maningrida in the Northern Territory. Grace was inspired to apply for the Project following the success of fellow Maningrida resident Juan Darwin through the Project in 2010.

“Knowing the kind of pressure and adversity that is very apparent in remote community life, I think it is our responsibility as youth to promote health and wellbeing to the younger generation,” she said.

“I want people to see that we are able to make a change in our own communities and have the same opportunities as young people in the cities”.

The team will take part in the 10km run in the Canberra Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday morning, putting their training into practice, and doing their mothers proud. This will be the first opportunity for them to experience the excitement that comes with large running events.

While in Canberra, the athletes will also complete elements of their Certificate III in Community Recreation (Indigenous Healthy Living), which will assist them in obtaining employment within the sporting domain.

The team will be available for media opportunities throughout the week, as well as at the Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday. Please call Laura Oldfield on (02) 6260 5750 or 0438 523 543 for more information.