Indigenous Marathon Project 2011 is huge success

22 November 2011

Australian Indigenous Youth in Central Park New York before competing in the New York Marathon

Members of the the Indigenous Marathon Project Team jumping for joy in Central Park before competing in the New York Marathon

Earlier this month, Australian marathon legend, Robert de Castella, trainned a team of eleven young Indigenous Australians to run in the famous New York Marathon held on 6 November.

The first marathon for these young Indigenous athletes, the squad trained in outback Australia then competed in Sydney’s City to Surf road race before heading to New York for the big event.

Captivations is proud to be associated with the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) making the team’s custom apparel sponsored by ASICS. The team apparel included running singlets, running shorts and pants, track tops and track pants. Captivations congratulates the 2011 team who competed in the New York Marathon and wish them well for future successes.

Women who competed

Bianca Graham, Weipa, Queensland

Nadine Hunt, Cairns, Queensland

Sam Shepherd, Karratha, Western Australia

Bridgette Williams, Mt Gravatt, Queensland

Men who competed

Patrick Keain, Cooper Pedy, South Australia

Arian Pearson, Yirrkala, Northern Territory

Michael Purcell, Charleville, Queensland

Kiwa Schilling, Kanmantoo, South Australia

Caine Schofield, Sunbury, Victoria

Reggie Smith, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Nathan Sutherland, Orange, New South Wales

THe IMP not only gives young Indigenous Australians a tremendous opportunity to train and compete in the New York Marathon, it has higher aims – to help address chronic disease, obesity and social problems in indigenous communities. During the program, IMP athletes complete a Certificate III in Health and Community Recreation so that they can help encourage healthy lifestyles within their own communities.

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