Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate heads up brand new initiative

Thursday Island resident and 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate, Elsie Seriat, is ready for her next challenge following her appointment as the Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) FrontRunners Manager, managing 53 IMP Graduates across the country.

Elsie will relocate from her small island community to the nation’s capital to work from the IMF head office in a newly created role which was established through a significant contribution by one of IMF’s major sponsors, QANTAS.

In 2015, the QANTAS Foundation made a significant contribution to IMF which paved the way for a ground-breaking initiative to further support the ongoing achievements and personal development of IMP Graduates; FrontRunners.

The program will provide grant funding to IMP Graduates to help establish running groups, health and fitness programs in their communities, and provide personal and professional development opportunities.

Deek said Elsie’s appointment will contribute significantly to the future growth of the Foundation.

“Elsie has achieved incredible things in a very short amount of time. From finishing the New York Marathon in 2014, return to her community and establishing running groups and transforming TI from one where no-one ran, to hosting an annual running festival attracting hundreds!

“She has an unwavering perseverance, attitude, and resilience, and they are the qualities I believe that will enhance and add significant value to our organisation. I’m very excited to have Elsie as part of the IMF team, and to see her continue to push beyond her comfort zone with such purpose and determination is a true testament to her character.

“It’s an exciting time for IMF, and to have a strong leader and role model like Elsie is a huge benefit to our organisation but also to Indigenous Australia.”

Elsie said being announced as the FrontRunners Manager was the next step in realising her full potential.

“I believe this new role will grow me and make me become a better, stronger and great leader and asset for my community.

“Taking on this job is massive for me, I am very excited and ready for this new challenge in my life, to be working under the guidance of Rob de Castella and my IMP family. To be given this opportunity is simply surreal,” she said.

Elsie joins fellow IMP Graduates Nadine Hunt (2011) and recently appointed Head Coach and Program Manager, Adrian Dodson-Shaw (2014) as IMF employees.