Students will represent Port Macquarie at National Deadly Fun Run Championships | Hastings Secondary College

17 May 2018

Hastings Secondary College Clontarf staff Vincent Scott and five students will make their mark at Uluru on Saturday 16 June. The heart of Australia will beat proudly when community teams and Indigenous Australians arrive at Uluru to participate in the sixth Annual Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) National Deadly Fun Run Championships.

As a result of the effort, consistency and improvement that has been shown throughout the Port Macquarie IMF RAW (Running And Walking) program, two teams have selected to represent our community at the 2018 Indigenous Marathon Foundation Deadly Fun Run Series Championships at Uluru.

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 addresses Indigenous health and social issues by celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement.

This year two teams, a boys and girls team have been selected. Congratulations to:

Boys Team - Noah Bing, Rylan Hunt, Tyler Green

Girls Team - Shontai Fernando, Chermeeka Fernando

Each community chose runners to represent their communities in the Championships’ junior 3km and senior 5km events. 

The team from Port Macquarie was established this year by the Indigenous Marathon Project’s first-ever graduate. Hastings Secondary College Clontarf, Operations Officer Vincent Scott mentored and trained the team to success.

Vicent said "It is an incredible opportunity to experience and be part of an event where indigenous adults and children run together and finishing together. It is such a buzz for everyone involved. 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.

Each community will bring 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 will support the event by marking out the race track and serving the food at the end of the race.

Find out more information on the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.