The Indigenous Marathon Project has announced one of Australia’s most recognised triathletes, Pete Jacobs, as one of the charity’s newest ambassadors.
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.
Jacobs is one of Australia’s most recognised professional triathletes, having won the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2012.
He also holds the third fastest marathon in the history of the Hawaii Ironman, clocking a time of 2:41:05 in 2010.
Jacobs joins newly appointed ambassador, Novocastrian and parkrun Australia Communication Manager, Dave “Robbo” Robertson.
Jacobs has been an incredible support for 2012 IMP Graduate, Nat Heath, throughout his triathlon competitions, and more recently, Nat’s Ironman ambitions.
In May 2015, Nat won his age category at the Port Macquarie Ironman, qualifying him for the sport’s most iconic event, the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October 2015.
Jacobs said he was privileged to be officially supporting IMP.
“Through supporting Nat, I have witnessed first-hand the significant impact IMP makes to people’s lives.
“It instils a real sense of achievement in its runners and I’m honoured to be part of an organisation that is undeniably changing lives,” he said.
De Castella said Jacobs’ appointment as Ambassador was acknowledgement of his ongoing support of IMP and his personal characteristics that align with IMP’s core values.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Jacobs as one of our valued Ambassadors. He personifies resilience, courage and strength – qualities that are paramount to the objectives of IMP.
“We’re really looking forward to our runners – Grads and current squad – meeting Jacobs on the Gold Coast in July during our second camp, with fellow ambassador, Robbo, where our runners will run the Gold Coast Half Marathon.
“Robbo and Jacobs will really motivate and encourage the entire team. To have such passionate men inspiring the team will really help them on the day of their toughest run to date – a half marathon,” de Castella said.