Robert de Castella AO MBE accepted the Torch-Bearer award on behalf of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, which he founded in 2009.
The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) uses the humble yet powerful sport of distance running as a conduit for change in Indigenous communities across Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women from all ages and abilities participate in IMF’s different programs that deliver health outcomes, nurture young leaders, and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement.
To date, IMF’s flagship program, the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), which annually supports a squad of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women, to go from almost no running to running a major international marathon in just six months, has produced 132 Graduates across Australia.
Along with the immense satisfaction and achievement of completing a major international marathon, IMP graduates also gain important education qualifications including a Cert IV in Indigenous Leadership & Health Promotion, public speaking and media training, CPR and First Aid, Indigenous Mental Health First Aid, and Level I Run Coach accreditation.
The ripple effect then continues with more than 40 First Nations communities across Australia participating in regular free, safe, inclusive, and culturally appropriate running and walking through IMF RAW, the grassroots Indigenous-led community Running and Walking Program of IMF.
The IMF is indeed a source of pride, achievement and gratitude to all Australians…