New York City Marathon

World at Wayne’s feet


Condobolin’s Wayne Sloane is running towards competing in the New York Marathon

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin’s Wayne Sloane is running towards competing in the New York Marathon.

He finished his first ever half marathon at the Gold Coast on Sunday, 3 July, as part of the 2016 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad.

The Gold Coast Half Marathon symbolises the half-way point to the squad of 12’s ultimate goal of running the world famous New York City Marathon in November.

Wayne said crossing the finish line of the half marathon was a major milestone, and that he hoped to inspire the younger generation.

“I feel like all the hard training I have done in the past two months has paid off after completing my first half marathon,” he said.

“It makes me feel more confident in what I can achieve and made me stronger both mentally and physically. I’m proud of the effort I put in and I feel like it’s a massive step in the right direction for our youth back home in our communities to look up to.

“I knew I could do this because I had confidence in my mentors, my training and myself.”

The IMP, a core program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), is a health promotion charity established in 2009 by world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella, which uses running to drive social change and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement.

Each year a group of Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 are selected to run in the world’s largest marathon; most have no running experience. It is also compulsory for the group to complete a Certificate III in Fitness to provide on-going career and education pathways.

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