2017 squad announced!

Let us introduce you to the 2017 IMP squad! These 12 inspirational Indigenous Australians are ready to work hard to change their lives and effect significant change in their families and communities.

The 2017 squad is:

Men

Women

Luke Reidy, Perth, WA April Barry, Geelong, Vic
Scott Cox, Broome, WA Tara Liddy, Alice Springs, NT
Tim Stephens, Cairns, Qld Natasha Shires, Karratha, WA
Zane Sparke, Port Macquarie, NSW Maletta Seriat, Thursday Island, Qld
Roy Tilmouth, Alice Springs, NT Allira Winmar, Perth, WA
Layne Brown, Shellharbour, NSW Cara Smith, Queanbeyan, NSW
IMP Head Coach and 2014 IMP Graduate from Broome, Adrian Dodson-Shaw, spent two months travelling the country conducting trials and interviews to select just 12, six men and six women, to represent their families, communities and the nation at the 2017 New York City Marathon.

More than that, these individuals will gain a formal, compulsory qualifications completingin a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation, Level 1 Running Coach accreditation through Athletics Australia, CPR and First-Aid and they will learn that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.

The IMP is tough – it requires squad members to be resilient, committed, and determined. But the rewards are endless, with an ignited sense of purpose, passion, self-belief and pride; characteristics they take back to their communities and use to create ripple effects across the country.

The runners (full profiles are on the way!) will come together for the first time at the first camp in Canberra starting on Wednesday 24 May, coinciding with a Reconciliation Run on Sunday 28 May which is an event for the community to get involved in! More details to come, so keep an eye out for details.

If you are interested in being part of IMP 2018, applications will open late November. Applications will be available through our website and are open to all Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 – no running experience necessary!