Ambassadors


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    Caroline Buchanan

    Caroline has been involved in sport from a very young age, and took up BMX riding when she was just five years old, after following her older brother. At age 15, she transitioned into mountain bike riding, and then downhill mountain biking. Growing up in Canberra, she has represented Australia in both disciplines, earning 11 Australian Champion accolades for BMX and Australian Mountain Biker of the Year on three separate occasions. In 2012, she represented Australia in her first Olympic Games in London, where she won the time trial, and made the final. Caroline still enjoys both BMX and mountain bike riding, and is excited about what the future may hold for her in the two disciplines. Caroline has been a long supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project, and has worked closely with Rob de Castella during her sporting career.
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    Aunty Pamela Pedersen

    Aunty Pam is a Yorta Yorta woman and an Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community. She is also the daughter of Pastor Sit Douglas and Lady Nicholls who fought for the struggle of all Aboriginal people and was the first Aboriginal Governor of South Australia.   Aunty Pam is a Master athlete in many sporting events such as swimming, triathlon, running and sailing. She took up triathlon at the age of 59 and is active in promoting healthy living and exercise when she speaks to many organisations and Aboriginal groups. Over the years, Aunty Pam has taken part in many ocean racing events, and in particular, five Melbourne to Devonport races, winning in 1995.   In July this year, Aunty Pam will be taking part in her sixth half-marathon on the Gold Coast, in the 70 year age group.   Over the years she has competed in many sporting events in Melbourne, as well as interstate. Aunty Pam was awarded the National Indigenous Sportsperson award in 2005, as well as taking part in the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games.   Aunty Pam sits as an Elder on the Children’s Koori Court Melbourne since 2005 and now also sits on the Country Koori Court of Victoria.   She is extremely proud of her achievements as an Aboriginal woman, and lives by the motto “if you dream it, you can achieve it”.   Aunty Pam is a long-time supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project, and speaks to each squad at the annual Gold Coast Running Festival.
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    Charlie Maher

    Charlie was one of the four members of the inaugural Indigenous Marathon Project team in 2010, and became the first Indigenous Australian runner ever to finish the New York Marathon, finishing in a time of 3 hours 32 minutes. Following is success in New York; Charlie continued his training and completed the world-famous Boston Marathon just five months later, running a 10 minute personal best and raising close to $2000 for the Western Desert Dialysis Unit in Alice Springs. After a taking a break from running to pursue his love of AFL football, Charlie put his running shoes back on in 2012 to run a personal best time in the Sydney Running Festival half-marathon. Charlie’s focus on 2013 will again be running, with his sights firmly set on the Gold Coast Marathon in July. Charlie works for the Clontarf Academy, and is currently mentoring young Indigenous men and women at Yirara College in Alice Springs. Charlie lives in Alice Springs with his wife and his young daughter Frankie.
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    Mark Arbib

    Mark has been a long-time runner and supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project from its inception in 2009. Mark ran his first marathon in 2010 at the Canberra Running Festival off very little training, finishing the 42km course in 3 hours, 48 minutes. This sparked Mark’s passion for the long-distance event, and in 2011, while undertaking the role of Sports Minister in the Federal Government, he signed up to run the New York Marathon with the IMP squad. Some structured training saw Mark run a personal best of 3 hours, 11 minutes, and shave a whopping 37 minutes of his time the previous year. Living in Sydney, Mark’s passion for running continues, although he has no immediate plans to run another marathon!
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    Ben St Lawrence

    Ben St Lawrence is one of Australia’s leading distance runners, specialising in 10,000m events and currently holds the Australian 10,000m record at 27 minutes, 24 seconds. He is also the current Australia Champion for both the 5000m and 10,000m events. St Lawrence represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and 2011 World Championships. In 2012, he represented Australia at his first Olympic Games, placing 20th in the men’s 10,000m event. Based in Sydney, St Lawrence spends the majority of the year travelling the globe and competing in different running events, but still has time to support the IMP squad at domestic events throughout Australia.
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    Kurt Fearnley

    Kurt Fearnley took up wheelchair racing at the age of 14 and became an elite competitor by age  17. Fearnley represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 800m and the 4x100m. He won his first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Athens games in the marathon and the 5000m. These performances earned Fearnley an Order of Australia medal. He picked up another gold medal in the Marathon at the 2008 Beijing Games and a Bronze in London in 2012. Fearnley’s other achievements include taking out the world-famous New York Marathon four, competing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and finishing the Kokoda Trail. Fearnley is a regular competitor in the New York Marathon and has been a long-time supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project, and regularly meets with the team at domestic and international events. He currently lives in Newcastle, where he works as a teacher.
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    Lara Tamsett

    Lara, aka the ‘pocket rocket’, has been running since she could walk (according to her parents!), starting her career at her local Little Athletics club when she was 7 years old. Since then she has steadily built up a list of athletic achievements that have enabled her to travel the world as she was catapulted onto the international running stage. Some of her biggest achievements to date include two City to Surf titles (2010, 2012), as well as representing Australia eleven times on national teams, becoming a Junior world Mountain Running Champion (2007) and achieving a 14th place finish at the World Half Marathon Championships (2012) in the process. Lara has been a keen follower and supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project since early 2011, during which time she has meet, supported and run with many of the project team members. She is very honored to be named an Indigenous Marathon Project ambassador, and looks forward to further supporting and fundraising for this worthy cause
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    Dan MacPherson

    While Dan is probably best known for his career as an Australian actor and TV presenter, he is also an accomplished triathlete, ironman and marathon runner. Growing up in the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla, MacPherson began competing in the sport of triathlon at age 11. After finding success at the shorter distance event, MacPherson went onto tackle the challenging Ironman events, and has competed in five Ironman events including the world famous Hawaiian Ironman in 2009, finishing the gruelling course in a time of 10.5 hours! MacPherson has been a long-time supporter of the Indigenous Marathon Project, and met up with the team at the Gold Coast Running Festival in July, where he ran the marathon.
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