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Monday, 10 August 2015
Page: 7847


The following notices were given:

Dr Leigh: to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) established in 2010, the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) plays a valuable role in promoting healthy lifestyles in Indigenous communities, creating Indigenous role models and inspiring Indigenous people;

(b) the IMP is part of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a health promotion charity that changes lives through running and that celebrates and showcases incredible Indigenous achievement and resilience;

(c) through the IMP, young Indigenous men and women aged from 18 to 30 are given the opportunity to unearth their own sense of self-worth and pride by completing a full marathon;

(d) participants in the IMP mostly train in their communities, attending four one-week training and education camps, and must complete a Certificate III in Fitness, acquire a Sports Aid Certificate and attain both Level I and II Accreditation in Recreational Running Coaching with Athletics Australia;

(e) the capstone achievement of the IMP is for participants to represent their families and communities and complete the biggest marathon in the world, in the biggest city in the world, the famous New York City Marathon held each November;

(f) in the last five years, the IMP has successfully graduated 43 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and women with 11 more enrolled in this year’s program, coming from remote communities, regional towns and major cities;

(g) most of these IMP graduates had never run before, but in just six months, had all run a full 42.2 kilometre marathon, with the motto ‘the harder the struggle, the greater the reward’, which builds self-worth and self-belief by setting difficult goals and achieving them; and

(h) in communities around Australia, graduates of the IMP have continued to run, established running and walking groups and organised hundreds of ‘Deadly Fun Runs’ each year that encourage local communities to lead active lifestyles and help reduce the incidence of disease and social dysfunction; and

(2) commends the work of Rob de Castella and his team in helping to change lives through the IMF and the IMP.

Mr Thistlethwaite: to move:

That this House:

(1) congratulates the Australian Women’s Soccer team (the Matildas) on its recent success at the World Cup in Canada for:

(a) finishing second in Group D with a victory over Nigeria and a draw with Sweden;

(b) winning its Round of 16 match against Brazil; and

(c) narrowly losing to Japan 1-0 in the quarter finals;

(2) recognises:

(a) the hard work and dedication of the team members and coaching staff and management; and

(b) that women sporting champions in Australia are often poorly renumerated compared to their male counterparts; and

(3) condemns the Government’s cuts to the ABC budget which have seen many Australian female sports such as W-League soccer and Women’s National Basketball League cut from free to air television broadcasts.