The Indigenous Marathon Project’s long history with Newcastle has been further cemented following the announcement of local running guru and parkrun Australia Communication Manager, Dave “Robbo” Robertson, as the IMP’s latest Ambassador.
The IMP was established in 2009 by world marathon champion Robert de Castella and annually selects a group of Indigenous men and women aged 18-30 to train for the New York City Marathon, with just six months of training.
It is also compulsory for all runners to complete a Certificate III in Fitness during the six months, providing long term education and career pathways.
Robbo joins fellow Novocastrian and Paralympic champion, Kurt Fearnley, as Ambassador for the National charity, which also trained Newcastle IMP Graduates Nat Heath (2012) and Carla Snow (2013).
Robbo has had a long involvement with IMP, having helped mentor Nat in 2012, acted as MC at charity events, and co-hosted the inaugural IMP New York City Marathon Live Stream in 2014.
He said it was an honour to have formal involvement with IMP, joining good mate, Kurt Fearnley.
“I have seen the incredible difference IMP has already made, and continues to make, to Indigenous Australians across the country.
“Using the simple act of running, IMP runners and Graduates are changing not only their own lives but the lives of so many in their communities and beyond. It’s a privilege to be an Ambassador of such a life-changing organisation,” Robbo said.
De Castella said Robbo’s passion for health and fitness, married with his enthusiastic and unwavering community spirit, is a quality that aligns seamlessly with the IMP purpose.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Robbo as one of our valued Ambassadors. His ongoing support for the Project has been incredible and the contribution he will make is unquestionable.
“We’re really looking forward to our runners – Grads and current squad – meeting him on the Gold Coast in July during our second camp, where our runners will run the Gold Coast Half Marathon.
“The inspiration Robbo will inject into the camp will really lift the entire team. It’s a very exciting time for IMP,” de Castella said.
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