Rachel says that running, keeping healthy and giving up smoking has changed her attitude towards her work and health. She is more proactive and less stressed and believes completing the marathon is just the start of a world of opportunities for her. Rachel was encouraged to try out for this year’s squad by 2013 IMP runner, Evelyna Dhamarrandji, who is now Rachel’s mentor for her 2014 IMP journey. Rachel keeps active by walking and running every day, playing basketball and she has also competed at State level athletics in 100, 200 and 400m sprints.  In addition to mentoring women in her community, she has recently inspired a group of five friends who now join her on her regular runs and walks. Rachel is passionate about improving the health of Indigenous communities by reducing health related illnesses and providing education about the importance of including better nutrition and more exercise into daily life. When she’s not training and working, Rachel enjoys fishing for mud crab, turtle eggs, oysters and crayfish.


Allirra’s family history of diabetes was her determining factor to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle and try out for IMP’s 2014 squad. She started running in December 2012, has since shed 30kgs and is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and the benefits of exercise. Allirra is a Body Step and Body Attack instructor and is passionate about inspiring and representing Indigenous people to step out of their comfort zone and become more involved in exercise. She wants to encourage everyone to be the change their community needs.  Her happiest training moment has been inspiring her step Dad, who suffers from diabetes and sleep apnoea, to engage in exercise.  Since Allirra’s selection in the squad, he has started walking and cycling regularly and swapped sleeping in for hitting the pavement.


While struggling through the gruelling marathon, Toni Daisy will stay motivated by thinking of just one thing; her one year old daughter. A Townsville local, Toni relishes the mental and physical challenge associated with not only running 42.195km but also the six months of training leading up to the race. Toni trains every day, playing touch football three days a week and running on other days.  She acknowledges the incidence of drugs and alcohol is too high in her community and she is determined to make a difference. She wants to grow and be strong, prove to herself that she can accomplish the goal of running a marathon and become a positive role model for her community. Toni has a Certificate III in Business and aspires to study Law at University.


Corrina wanted to be involved in IMP because she wants to inspire her kids and do something for herself. Corrina lives in Katherine with her partner Justin, who was part of the 2013 squad, where they are raising seven children including a number of foster children. Corrina was unsuccessful in 2013, and was Justin’s biggest supporter especially at home looking after their seven children while Justin trained and travelled with IMP. Her struggle last year made her more determined to train and apply again in 2014. Justin provided Corrina with a training program which she has stuck to it since December 2013. Corrina is passionate about looking after children and wants to teach them the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. She wants to be part of IMP to show her kids a better way to live, and show her daughters, no matter how hard life is, you can always pick yourself up.


Sarah lives in Alice Springs and has two young children.  After having children, Sarah’s own activities came second to being a Mum, but she recently found a love for running and is now a member of the local running and walking club in Alice Springs. Sarah wanted to be part of IMP to show people the importance of keeping healthy and fit. Sarah wants to gain more knowledge to pass on the positive message of living a healthy lifestyle to her family and community, especially young females.


Elsie is our first female IMP athlete from and based on Thursday Island who is passionate about making a difference in her community. Elsie wanted to be part of IMP to be a good role model to everyone in the Torres Strait, young and old. She believes this experience will be an eye-opener for everyone on island and herself. Elsie believes her IMP experience will provide her with a lifestyle change and prove that she can tackle this amazing challenge. Since applying in March, Elsie has lost 12kg and is determined to continue working hard. Elsie has already inspired many other community members to get active; she regularly has a support crew during her training runs and rides. Elsie also organises a volunteer fitness program for anyone interested in joining her and is very passionate about encouraging positive health and fitness messages community-wide.


Adrian works for the Local Kimberly Land Council as a full-time Project Officer and loves travelling out to communities and facilitating sporting programs. He has been a strong supporter of IMP and inspired by good friend Charlie Maher, who was part of IMP in 2010. Adrian is our first IMP athlete from Western Australia since 2011. He was unsuccessful with his application in 2012 and used the experience to return, fitter and stronger than ever. Adrian wanted to be part of IMP for self-achievement for himself and his family, he wants to lead by example and be a good role model for his two sons and his community. Adrian comes from a strong AFL playing background but is keen to get heavily involved with running and provide his heavily football orientated community with an alternative physical activity.


Raymond grew up in Western Sydney, before recently moving to Yulara to take up a traineeship with the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara in Central Australia, providing him with a Certificate II in Hospitality. Raymond was inspired and encouraged to apply to be part of IMP by his work collegue Colin, who was part of the IMP squad in 2013. Raymond has competed at a high level in amateur boxing in Australia, winning State and National titles. He wants to push himself to another level of fitness and believes being involved with IMP will show him how to achieve and gain mental discipline. Raymond wanted to be involved in IMP for the opportunity, the challenge, and most importantly the ability to promote health for other Indigenous Australians. He wants to show others you can do anything once you put your mind to it.


Harold is the first IMP male athlete from Thursday Island. Harold was inspired to try out for IMP to carve out a new path and shine in a different sport, as everyone in the Torres Strait plays league. Harold wants to achieve and experience the feeling of finishing a marathon and is committed to crossing the line and setting an example for his family and community. Harold is currently training everyday on Thursday Island and hopes to encourage his community to be active and healthy. Harold works full-time for Queensland Health in Dengue Prevention Team and is passionate about visiting the Islands on a regular basis to help other communities. He is dedicated to teaching Indigenous people to be healthy, and is keen to involve more people from the Torres Strait into IMP in the future.


Representing Cairns, is Brendan Peeters who grew up on the Tablelands with his seven siblings. Brendan enjoys a challenge and believes IMP is an opportunity of a lifetime. Brendan started running at the age of 15 to improve his fitness for AFL, but enjoyed his running more than footy and it soon became his main focus. After representing Queensland and placing at Nationals in the 1500m and 800m, Brendan went on to represent Australia on three occasions at the Oceania Championships in the decathlon in 2006, 2007 and 2008. After years of training in Brisbane as part of Athletics Australia’s Kick Start Program, Brendan decided he wanted to return home to Cairns to give back to his community. Brendan now runs his own business and running/track and field squad in Cairns, coaching many of Cairns’ up and coming runners. Brendan believes being part of the IMP team will give him the opportunity to become a great role model not only for the kids he coaches, but also be a positive influence to everyone in his community.


Born and bred in Dubbo, Nathan’s motivation for being involved with IMP is to help make a positive change in Dubbo and Indigenous communities across Australia. he would like to see more programs and opportunities established for the youth and believes the IMP is a great pathway for him to gain credibility to inspire kids in his community on a much larger scale. Nathan is a passionate amateur boxer and has only been involved with the sport for just over a year. His favourite component of boxing training is running, and he wants to gain more self-belief and confidence by finishing the challenging 42.195km distance. Nathan currently works at the local primary school as a teacher’s aid and he is committed to facilitating more physical activity programs for the kids to promote a healthier living in Dubbo.


Ruth is the first female IMP athlete from South Australia. Born in Adelaide, she actually spent most of her childhood in Cairns before moving back to Adelaide. Ruth has played soccer since she was 10 years old, and played at the highest level representing Australia in the junior Matildas team in the Asian Cup in 2009. Ruth also represented South Australia in AFL and played for Adelaide United up until 2013.  Ruth is a young ambassador for Port Power Football Club in their Community Youth Program. As an ambassador of this program, Ruth delivers physical activity, nutrition and smoking awareness to numerous Aboriginal communities throughout South Australia and Northern Territory. It also allows her to talk about her own experiences as an athlete, the obstacles she has overcome, and what it takes to compete at an elite level. Ruth wanted to be involved with IMP to become a stronger, inspirational and motivating leader for her Aboriginal Community. Ruth believes that by completing the gruelling journey, IMP will give her the power to promote health and education to support more Aboriginal communities.