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The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) aims to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to run the New York City Marathon. The program also aims to inspire the nation and encourage healthy active lifestyles within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The IMP began in 2010 and is part of the SmartStart For Kids! Project, which contributes to helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and their communities.
The program aims to:
The program is an initiative of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) and works with relevant organisations to place athletes in employment in health, sport or recreation sectors. Athletes will gain a Certificate III in Community Recreation - Indigenous Healthy Living. The Certificate III is unlike any other course offered in Australia, as it focuses on Indigenous health issues whilst incorporating sport and event management components, thus creating a holistic qualification for the athletes.
The course addresses Indigenous health issues such as:
The course covers community recreation components such as:
This will give athletes the tools to become health leaders within their families and communities and promote healthy eating and regular exercise.
Abstract adapted from Indigenous Marathon Foundation
Indigenous Marathon Foundation
PO Box 6127
Mawson ACT 2607
Ph: (02) 6162 4750