Juan Darwin

24 years old from Maningrida, East Arnhem Land Juan faced many challenges coming from the extremely remote community of Maningrida. The area is accessible by permit only and is not accessible by road during the wet season. At least 10 different languages are spoken in the area. Shortly after being selected in the Project, Juan temporarily moved to Darwin to focus on his marathon training. Juan is a natural born leader and captain of the local football team. He has a seven year old son called Tyson, who he used as inspiration while training. Juan finished the New York Marathon in a time of 4 hours 50 minutes, becoming one of the first ever Indigenous Australians to do so. Juan has been integral in building IMP’s presence in Maningrida, and as a result, IMP has since selected two athletes to be part of the Project – Beth Ali in 2011 and Grace Eather in 2012. Juan recently started work as a physical education teacher at the Maningrida Primary School, and has been working hard to facilitate the Deadly Fun Run Series in the community. Juan hopes to one day train for and complete his second marathon.