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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Charles Darwin University has created a short video that is imbedded in a small blog that also has links to application packs and information about scholarships etc. It even makes Jim look good!!! For anyone interested, watch the video and go to the site in the link a couple of lines above
Here is a link to an article from the ABC News website. It talks about the need for doctors and specialists to better communicate with patients. I think it equally applies to us and our need to communicate to our clients effectively. Good communication creates engagement, therefore increasing a greater chance to motivate people to continue exercising – I think it is a great challenge for people to continue compliance in their exercise regime and it is our role to assist this.
Who said sport does not give back to society. This Story of Katherine Switzer is an excellent example in many ways. The other thing about this ABC news story is that I had forgotten it was not all that long ago that women were not allowed to compete in marathon type events. People like Ms Switzer doing makes changes, sitting does not….