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Minister Scullion: First Australians conquer NYC marathon

6 Nov 2017

Joint media release

Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon. Ken Wyatt, MP

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, have congratulated the latest squad of Indigenous Marathon Foundation runners on conquering the legendary New York City Marathon.

“The Indigenous Marathon Foundation uses running to promote health and build resilience and leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities,” said Minister Scullion.

“I’m proud of the Coalition Government’s support for the Foundation, a $1.3 million investment this year for a range of activities, including Deadly Fun Runs and school-based fitness activities.

“Participants in the annual Indigenous Marathon Project are given just six months to train for the New York City Marathon, so this is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Minister Wyatt said the Department of Health supported the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes to travel to the New York City Marathon. 

“I congratulate the 2017 Indigenous Marathon Foundation Squad on their dedication to a milestone event they will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Minister Wyatt.

 “Participants in the annual Indigenous Marathon Project become agents of change in their communities, advocating for healthy and active lifestyles.

“Leading by example, they complete a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation and gain first aid qualifications and running coach accreditation, which links them to broader community engagement and fitness projects.”

With support from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Deadly Fun Runs are hosted across the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, providing walking and running events for people of all ages and ability. This year, more than 1130 people have taken part.

Of this group, 125 went on to compete at the Deadly Fun Run Championships under the mentorship of Indigenous Marathon Project graduates. 

The Foundation’s I-CAN project uses sport to promote school attendance among 1500 children at six schools in the Northern Territory and Thursday Island. I-CAN activities include weekly fitness and physical activity sessions, a running and fitness track and an annual family fun day.

2017 Indigenous Marathon Foundation Squad

  • Scott Cox, Nimanburr and Yawaru man from Broome, WA
  • Allirra Winmar,  Noongar and Gija woman from Perth, WA
  • Natasha Shires, Worimi woman from Karratha, WA
  • Luke Reidy, Noongar man from South Perth, WA
  • Roy ‘Billy’ Tilmouth, Eastern Arrente man from Alice Springs, NT
  • Tara Liddy, Southern Arrente/Luritja woman from Alice Springs, NT
  • Malette Seriat, Wagadagam/Kaurareg women from Thursday Island, Queensland
  • Tim Stephens, Kuku-Yalanhi man from Westcourt, Queensland
  • Cara Smith, Githabal woman from Queanbeyan, NSW
  • Zane Sparke, Worimi man from Forster, NSW
  • Layne Brown, Yuin man from Warilla, NSW
  • April Barry, from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia

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