Press Release – February 2018
The Parkdale Gift intends to assist two Indigenous sprinters from ‘The Kimberley’ Community of Mowanjum – an indigenous community on the out skirts of Derby, in far North Western Australia to run at both the Parkdale Gift on March 24 2018 and the following week at the world famous Stawell Gift over distance ranging from 70m – 120m.
A key aspect of this program is also to raise funds for logistics and establish a base funding for this to become an annual event. The local community within Bayside have banded together and provided nearly $3,000 worth of prizes with the winners drawn just before but announced at the Parkdale Gift on Saturday March 24.
Tickets can be bought on line via a link from RAFFLE website
History – Indigenous Winners of the Stawell Gift
There is a long history of successful Aboriginal runners in the Stawell Gift from Robert Kinnear, the first Aboriginal runner to win the Stawell Gift in 1883 through to champions like Tom Dancey, an Aboriginal stockman and boundary rider won Australia’s most famous footrace in 1910. Lynch Cooper, a Yorta Yorta man, was born in the early 1905 at Moira Lake near Tocumwal and was educated at Mulwala State School. Cooper was the first Aboriginal sprinter to win the World’s Sprint Championship. He won the Stawell Gift in 1928 and Josh Ross the two times winner of the gift in 2003 and 2005.
Lynch Cooper – Stawell Gift Winer 1928
Former professional runners Scott Grigg (now a Director with The Clontarf Foundation in Goonawindi and previously in Northern Western Australia) and Parkdale Gift organiser Tim Mason are joining forces to engage with the Indigenous communities in Northern Western Australia and through the Parkdale and Stawell Gifts, provide an opportunity to two young Indigenous men to both experience these iconic events and showcase their natural abilities of speed for which the Indigenous people are renown.
- To develop skill sets, utilise technology and provide tangible and measurable outcomes.
- Utilise the discipline required for sports at the top level to help achieve this.
- To show case Indigenous talent and promote both the Parkdale and Stawell Gift.
- To potentially unearth new and untapped Indigenous talent and make a difference
- To align with the philosophies of The Clontarf Foundation that exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.
Solomon Puemorra 16 and Deqwayne Puemorra 18 are from ‘The Kimberley’ communities of Mowanjum – an indigenous community on the out skirts of Derby, in far North Western Australia and bring with them the speed that the Indigenous are renowned for.
Corporate support in particular from individuals, Paul Ferguson, Dean Capobianco (the last Western Australian to win the Stawell Gift in 1990 – ironically defeating Tim Mason in the final) and Councillor Geoff Gledhill the City of Kingston and the Moorabbin Airport Corporation has allowed this vision to become reality.
The program will be documented and filmed from the very beginning of their journey up in ‘The Kimberley’, including the training regime and culminating in their first start at The Parkdale Gift and their participation in Australia’s world famous Stawell Gift. It is planned that this will be supported by a trip to the Kimberly’s to fine tune their training prior to arrival.
Other significant support from Samsung have provided tablets to allow for remote training and advice, Telstra, Coles, Athletes Foot, M Health and Nike for support when they arrive locally.
Local Indigenous involvement
The Parkdale local Indigenous community plans to support Solomon and Deqwayne through their stay at Parkdale and their journey to Stawell.
For further Information contact:
Tim Mason – President Parkdale Gift 0456 985 201
Scott Grigg – 0412 684 376
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Elmore Oil Announces Sponsorship 300m Women’s / Masters at Parkdale Gift 2018
The Australian Iconic brand Elmore Oil has announced the sponsorship of the 300 Metres Women’s / Masters event at the Parkdale Gift that will be held at Gerry Green Reserve Parkdale on 24 March 2018.
The Parkdale Gift was originally held for two years between 1963-64. On March 24 2018 the Parkdale Gift – Sporting Carnival returns to the same ground 54 Years later. The Parkdale Gift – Sporting Festival will create an event into an ongoing financially viable and sustainable community event of significance within Victoria and specifically the municipality of the City of Kingston.
The event will be held prior to the running of the world renown Stawell Gift held one week later, and the Commonwealth Games in Australia two weeks later. The Parkdale Gift vision is to involve the Melbourne community, local sporting clubs, schools, businesses and the community to hold four internationally recognised sports to provide a “smorgasbord of sport” on the one day. The event will present a unique experience for both spectators, athletes & participants and the community and show case:
• Professional Running including the Elmore Oil 300 Masters&Womens race.
• Professional Darts.
• Golden Gloves Boxing.
In addition to these main sports it is proposed to undertake a range of additional activities which includes:
• Mass Healthy Start event.
• Involvement of local sporting clubs and associations (football, cricket & tennis).
• Involvement of a Schools and a Twilight market.
Parkdale Gift Organiser – Tim Mason said “Elmore Oils Sponsorship is crucial to assisting in ensuring the Parkdale Gift returns to Parkdale 54 years later”. The sponsorship will go to both prize money and logistics for Australia’s best Women’s & Masters athletes over the age of 35.
Evolution Health Managing Director – Ben McHarg said “This is going to be one of Melbourne big new events and we are more than happy to align our products to the Elmore Oil 300m Women’s & Masters event”.
Elmore Oil was developed 18 years ago developed a product using four natural ingredients; eucalypt, tea tree, vanilla extract and olive oil. It was named after the Elmore township where the founder lived, and slowly it grew a loyal following across the nation. Today Elmore Oil is shipped to 14 countries around the world from the US to the UK and China.
Elmore Oil Ambassadors Program
As part of the sponsorship – Elmore Oil has launched the “Elmore Oil Ambassadors Program”. Young and Older athletes are provided the opportunity to win a year’s supply of Elmore Oil. If you are interested in the opportunity become an Elmore Oil Ambassador go email email@example.com for further information. Even if you are not successful the first 10 entries win a bottle of Elmore Oil to the value of $20.
Holly Dobbyn Elmore Oil Female Stawell Gift Winner Holly Dobbyn recently starred in and advertisement for Elmore Oil and will be of the faces of Elmore Oil for 2017/18. The advertisement will also be shown in the rapidly expanding market of China and Australia alike. Click below to see Holly in action.
Parkdale President Tim Mason with Evolution Health Managing Director – Ben McHarg
For Further Information contact Parkdale Gift Organiser Tim Mason on 0490 021 918 or firstname.lastname@example.org