Deadly Community Champions
Hastings Secondary College Clontarf staff Vincent Scott and Year 9 College student Travis Ferris made their mark at Uluru at the recent Indigenous Marathon Foundation National Deadly Fun Run Championships.
On Saturday 17th June, the heart of Australia beat proudly when 19 community teams and 135 Indigenous Australians arrived at Uluru to participate in the fifth Annual Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) National Deadly Fun Run Championships.
Each community chose four runners to represent their communities in the Championships’ junior 3km and senior 5km events. Amongst those athletes were our very own Vincent Scott and Travis Ferris who were joined by Zane Sparke (Indigenous Marathon Project 2017 Squad Member) and Darnell Scott (Vincent’s son) making up Port Macquarie’s 4-person run team.
The team from Port Macquarie was established this year by the Indigenous Marathon Project’s first-ever graduate, Charlie Maher and took out this year’s title of community champions.
Hastings Secondary College Clontarf, Operations Officer Vincent Scott mentored and trained the team to success.
“It was an incredible opportunity to experience and be part of an event where indigenous adults and children ran together, chatting for the whole race, and finishing together. It was such a buzz for everyone involved”.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience, an unforgettable weekend where culture is celebrated, friendships are made, and friendly competition embraced.”
“After a broken neck in 2010, I got to do something that most people don’t get an opportunity to do”, added Vincent.
Vincent ran alongside his son Darnell and described the experience as a memorable dad moment”.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team; we plan to continue with a team or two at next year’s IMF iconic Indigenous event”.
Each community brought with them a unique, handmade message stick to use as a baton in the relay run, which was then presented to the elders of the Mutitjulu community as a symbol of respect and appreciation for the traditional owners of the sacred site.
Elders from the community supported the event by marking out the race track and serving the food at the end of the race.
Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) was established in 2010. They are a not-for-profit organisation that uses running to drive social change, create young leaders and address Indigenous health and social issues by celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement.
5km - Adults Event
Zane Sparke (1st Place)
Vincent Scott (19th Place)
3km – Under 16
Travis Ferris (5th Place)
Darnell Scott (6th Place)
12 km Deadly Relay Run - 4 x Relay around Uluru
1st place – Port Macquarie Team – Vincent Scott, Zane Sparke, Travis Ferris and Darnell Scott.