RUNNERS: The Indigenous Marathon Foundation is looking for candidates for their 2019 squad.
RUNNERS: The Indigenous Marathon Foundation is looking for candidates for their 2019 squad. David Nielsen

Search begins for indigenous Australians running for change

YOU MAY not be the fastest runner, but Australia is looking for indigenous representatives who are committed to making a difference.

The Indigenous Marathon Foundation is searching for 12 new representatives for their 2019 program.

These 12 indigenous Australians will be selected to train for the New York City Marathon with just six months of training.

Each year the marathon project searches for not necessarily the fastest runner, but inspirational indigenous Australians who are committed to changing their lives.

These men and women have a strong purpose, determination and are committed to changing the lives of those in their communities.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and women aged 18 to 30 are encouraged to apply, and no running experience is necessary.

There will be spots for six men and six women to join the squad which will run the world's biggest marathon, the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3.

Education will be a compulsory part of the IMP program.

Through the project all squad members will be required to complete a certificate IV in Sport and Recreation, a Level 1 Recreational Running Coach Accreditation through Athletics Australia, CPR and first-aid qualification and media training.

Through these skills, knowledge and qualifications these indigenous Australians become healthy lifestyle leaders and return to their communities as agents of change.

Head coach Adrian Dodson-Shaw will soon be embarking on the annual national try-out tour.

Applications can be done online at www.imf.org.au before the try-outs, which will include a 5km run for men and a 3km run for women.

www.imf.org.au

This will be followed by an interview with the head coach.

Locations and dates of the try-outs will be announced soon.

For further information email the IMP head coach at adrian.ds@imf.org.au.

adrian.ds@imf.org.au
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