Natalie returns

Natalie the marathoner finished the New York Marathon – yay.

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Then went on a celebratory tour of the USA. Last week, she finally arrived back in Darwin and caught up with Jimbo. Here she is, talking to him about the run, and what may lie ahead….

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Here are clips of their conversation – and would Jimbo be silly? nah, never…

Natalie the Marathoner – post run 1

Natalie the Marathoner – post run 2

Natalie the Marathoner – looking ahead

Anyway, it was a great job done by Natalie and all for a very good cause – The miracle Babies Foundation. Very inspiring and Jimbo is proud to have done his little bit to help.

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Nat runs the marathon

Last week, Natalie the Marathoner ran and completed the New York Marathon. Well done!!!  Natalie picked up her number a day or two beforehand. Ran the race. Then picked up her finisher’s medallion.


After the run, she said that marathoners are all mad (is she saying that she thinks she is mad???) and never wants to see another bridge again….


Since then Natalie and her family have been resting up in and around New York. They have now just headed to Las Vegas.

Again, congratulations Natalie. We will catch up when you return and can post a video where we chat about the trials and tribulations of it all.

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Fundraiser of the month

Natalie the marathoner has been recognised as fundraiser of the month – link here – She has done a remarkable job of raising her target well ahead of schedule. But Natalie is not slowing down and is continuing to raise money for her great cause – The Miracle Babies Foundation. If you wish to donate, please do.

Here are the last two videos that we have done on her training in prep for the New York Marathon: 19 July and 27 July.

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 Natalie and Jim in the 19 July chat


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Natalie the Marathoner update

Here is a video of Natalie and Jim having a chat about where she is at in her prep for the New York Marathon. Natalie is progressing well and well on track to be ready for the marathon. Remember she is doing it to raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation, so if you wish to donate, go to the link in the last blog  – thanks in advance.

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Jim’s Sports Lab – supporter of a great cause.

A couple of months back, Jim was approached to use wearables to monitor a casual runner to prepare to run a marathon – the New York Marathon no less. Natalie Merida has made the commitment to run the NY Marathon in order to raise money for Miracle Babies. This is a not for profit organisation that supports families of premature babies. The link to a series of videos can be found here. It is a worthy cause and any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, please click on this link.

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Nat and Jim talking about bits and pieces

The videos are found here too

Video 1 General intro by Dr Jim Lee and Nat; Video 2 Nat’s marathon progress update; Video 3 Sensor introduction by Dr Jim Lee; Video 4 Nat and using the sensor during training; Video 5 Dr Jim Lee talking about the transmitting of sensor data; Video 6 Nat and why she is running the NY mararthon for the Miracle Babies Foundation; Video 7 Embracing the marathon journey.

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Visiting NIFS in Kanoya, Japan

Towards the end of February Bec Mellifont from the Uni of the Sunny Coast and Jim were invited to Japan by Professor Yuji OHGI of Keio University. OHGI san’s invitation and generosity enabled Bec and Jim to visit the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS) in Kanoya and assist in an experiment looking at forces and loads during a simulated bend of an athletics track in their Sports Performance Laboratory. This is an incredible institute with world leading facilities for research, teaching, and service delivery to sports right up to elite level.


Jim with Professor Akira MAEDA. MAEDA san is a director of the Sports Performance Laboratory


Bec at the entrance to the fantastic indoor facilities

It also gave Jim the opportunity to catch up with his colleague and friend Associate Professor Tomohito WADA who is an academic at NIFS. WADA san was an excellent host taking everybody to some very good restaurants in and near Kanoya.


Everyone enjoying a meal (OHGI san on the left and WADA san on the right)


and more of us


OHGI san inspecting high speed camera data (the cameras in the foreground)

Here are some links. One to an overview of the indoor facilities and a sample of the data collection. If anyone needs facilities to train e.g. leading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they would do a lot worse than utilising NIFS, whether for track and field, swimming/aquatics, or field sports just to name a few.

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37 years ago….

As Jim woke this morning, and thinking of the day ahead, he realised he was a mere pup at 21 years of age when Richmond last won a premiership. The reflection of the drought since (barring 1982 grand final appearance) has made knowing the Tiges have made it today all the more sweater.

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The Tiges 2017 Preliminary final win

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