Run Melbourne 2017 Ambassadors
This year’s five inspiring & active Melburnians have been chosen as Run Melbourne ambassadors for 2017 because we love them and what they do, and they each have a different reason for running this city with you on Sunday 30th July.
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Kelly Cartwright is a multiple World Record holder and Paralympic gold medallist. Having lost her leg to cancer at the early age of 15, Kelly was forced to make the most difficult decision of her life – have her right leg amputated to give her the best chance of survival, or face radical surgery to remove the cancer but risk it spreading through the rest of her body. Kelly chose amputation. Since then, Kelly has managed to conquer her challenges and has become one of Australia’s most phenomenal athletes.
Sarah is excited to be running 5K in support of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Sarah Holloway started out as a commercial lawyer at a leading international law firm. After several years of building strong professional foundations, she found it increasingly challenging to reconcile the all-consuming corporate lifestyle with her passions for health, wellbeing, creativity and adventure. In pursuit of balance, Sarah and her partner started a creative side project, capitalising on a gap in the health food market for matcha green tea.
This vibrant green powder is now one of the world’s premier superfoods and Matcha Maiden is leading the way with a growing community of over 1,000 stockists, 82,000 social media followers and a very bright (green) future. Last year they opened their first physical venue, Matcha Mylkbar, with two business partners (who were their first Matcha Maiden stockists!) Sarah has now hung up the suits and heels to step into the business full time and is thoroughly enjoying life as a full time funtrepreneur.
Paul will be running the Half Marathon, and along the way supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“If we’re going to get the chance to run the streets of Melbourne why not make the most of it! My mum passed away four years ago after a 15 year battle with breast cancer. It was brutal at times – so if there is anything I can do to try and find a cure I’ll do it”.
Paul Mackinnon, commonly known as The Balanced Runner, started out as a semi-professional hockey player playing for 15 years in Australia and Europe. Through his endeavours, he was exposed to numerous high performance programs, athletes and coaches around the world which inspired him to explore the finer details of the human run technique to support people to run more efficiently at their peak.
The Balanced runner philosophy focuses on key cues and small changes to technique over time to get you running faster, while using less energy. The focus is on making sure the whole body is in balance and alignment to get the most forward propulsion with the least amount of excess movement. This is achieved through a series of easy to understand cues which give immediate benefit and can be further refined and worked on over time.
Samantha has chosen to run the Half Marathon at Run Melbourne in 2017. Samantha actually ran her fast Half Marathon on the Run Melbourne course in the lead up to Freedom Runners.
Samantha Gash started running in 2008 as a break from study while completing her law degree at Monash University. After following a 16-week training program, she completed a marathon later that year – side by side with a friend.
Little did she know that the experience would spur her to enter and complete the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ – becoming the first Australian woman and the youngest person ever to complete the Grand Slam, one of the toughest endurance events on the planet.Having been bitten by the running bug, Samantha went onto run 222km non-stop run across the Himalayas in 2010, and then 379kms non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert in 2011, raising over $32,991 for Save the Children Australia.
Samantha’s latest adventure as a World Vision ambassador saw Samantha “Run India”, running 3253km over 77 days across India, raising over $150,000 for six education focused programs in India.
Michael is encouraging all Melbourne F45’s to run with him and join Team F45 to tackle mental illness head on and run to raise money & awareness for Beyond Blue.
“I’m a terrible runner and I’ll be way outside my comfort zone here…I think that’s kind of the point when tackling mental illness”.
Michael Ramsey fell in love with the fitness industry after finishing high school and choosing to study personal training. Michael continued to work as a Personal Trainer while completing his Marketing degree at University before a short stint working in Marketing.
Wanting to really discover his potential Michael opened his first business – F45 Training, a high-intensity, functional group fitness workout, in Port Melbourne. In just under two years Michael and his business partner have opened another five F45 studios including South Yarra, Geelong, Ascot Vale, Darwin & Palmerston, as well as a Yoga studio ‘Remedy’ in Moonee Ponds.
Michael’s latest business venture & passion is “Salt Lab” – a magnesium oil to treat athletes tired & sore muscles.