INDIGENOUS MARATHON FOUNDATION
THE IMP SQUAD FOR 2021
Meet this year’s Indigenous Marathon Project squad. On April 14th 2021, The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) announced its 2021 Indigenous Marathon Project squad of 14 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island women and men from across Australia. The Indigenous Marathon Project uses running to change lives and provide a sense of empowerment, purpose and pride. You can read more about each squad member and be inspired by their purpose for being part of the project.
Please click on the link if you would like to donate to the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.
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For me, the IMP will be a platform to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma."

RACHEL DEAN

For me, the IMP will be a platform to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma.”
"I will use my experience in the IMP as well as the wisdom and guidance from my elders to make a real difference and to create change in my community for generations to come."

CHRIS ALCHIN

“I will use my experience in the IMP as well as the wisdom and guidance from my elders to make a real difference and to create change in my community for generations to come.”
"I want to show young women from Katherine that they don't have to give up on their health and their lives. With the help of IMP, and with me running this Marathon, we can change this."

Cecilia Johns

“I want to show young women from Katherine that they don’t have to give up on their health and their lives. With the help of IMP, and with me running this Marathon, we can change this.”
"I want to normalise the discussion around mental health among Indigenous men. They need to know that it's ok to not be ok and that if you put your hand up, there are professionals and community that can support."

CLINTON BENNEL

“I want to normalise the discussion around mental health among Indigenous men. They need to know that it’s ok to not be ok and that if you put your hand up, there are professionals and community that can support.”
"Being a role model to others is incredibly important to me. Using education, health and fitness as pillars of inspiration. I hope to show young people in my community that nothing is impossible if you work hard, have goals and never give up! My IMP motto for the year: Reconnect. Give back. Have fun."

SHERICE ANSELL

“Being a role model to others is incredibly important to me. Using education, health and fitness as pillars of inspiration. I hope to show young people in my community that nothing is impossible if you work hard, have goals and never give up! My IMP motto for the year: Reconnect. Give back. Have fun.”
"My main goal in life is to have our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be educated, to be healthy, to be stronger and to be thriving in the future. By being a part of IMP 2021, I can take away leadership traits to do my part in achieving that for future generations."

TRISTAN NELLIMAN-ADAMS

“My main goal in life is to have our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be educated, to be healthy, to be stronger and to be thriving in the future. By being a part of IMP 2021, I can take away leadership traits to do my part in achieving that for future generations.”
Jye is a Nykinya yaruwu women who teaches exclusively Aboriginal female boarding students at Haileybury School in Darwin She has one clear message "Women and girls: No shame, No Jealousy, Rise Up!"

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Jye is a Nykinya yaruwu women who teaches exclusively Aboriginal female boarding students at Haileybury School in Darwin She has one clear message “Women and girls: No shame, No Jealousy, Rise Up!”
"With the IMP, I am honouring my brother who passed away in 2014. He is with me on this journey and my wish is to do him proud. I will also show that all body types can achieve a challenge such as running a marathon. All you need is a reason why, some support and the will to push through."

BONNIE SMITH-ROBINS

“With the IMP, I am honouring my brother who passed away in 2014. He is with me on this journey and my wish is to do him proud. I will also show that all body types can achieve a challenge such as running a marathon. All you need is a reason why, some support and the will to push through.”
"Health and fitness is a good way for anybody to get their life on track. It's probably the best medicine that's out there that you don't need to consume. I reckon physical activity is the best cure for mental health."

DERRICK CUSACK

“Health and fitness is a good way for anybody to get their life on track. It’s probably the best medicine that’s out there that you don’t need to consume. I reckon physical activity is the best cure for mental health.”
"My transformational journey will give others HOPE. One foot in front of the other, I will run towards the best version of myself and champion mental & physical health."

HOPE DAVISON

“My transformational journey will give others HOPE. One foot in front of the other, I will run towards the best version of myself and champion mental & physical health.”
"I want to show the young people in Aurukun that anything is possible. I want to inspire them to chase their dreams."

WAYNEAD WOLMBY

“I want to show the young people in Aurukun that anything is possible. I want to inspire them to chase their dreams.”
"To my precious Jarli, and all of the solo parents who are doing their best: It's not always easy, but it's always worth it!"

TASMA RUDEFORTH

“To my precious Jarli, and all of the solo parents who are doing their best: It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it!”
"I hope to create a ripple effect among other Aboriginal leaders to rise-up. Step Up! Together we can overcome anything."

MATTHEW AXTEN

“I hope to create a ripple effect among other Aboriginal leaders to rise-up. Step Up! Together we can overcome anything.”
"My home community is Bamaga, the top of the Cape. Here I grew-up in a large supportive family. With the IMP, I hope to give back."

JOYRAH NEWMAN

“My home community is Bamaga, the top of the Cape. Here I grew-up in a large supportive family. With the IMP, I hope to give back.”
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Acknowledgement to Country The de Castella Run acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of this country and acknowledges their connection to culture, land and community. Our event is on the traditional Country of Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples of the Kulin nation. We thank traditional custodians – past, present and emerging – who care for Country so we get to enjoy its majestic beauty.
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