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Michael

Lives in Traralgon

I like living in the Latrobe Valley because it allows me to give back to my community and to feel included as part of a community. So presenting myself in the Latrobe Valley has allowed me to give back to my community by participating in active and social events.

parkrun is a weekly timed five-kilometre run and is held in many locations throughout the Latrobe Valley. I know there’s one in Moe and one in Traralgon as well, it’s quite spread out. I started running those just to keep my fitness levels up and then after I got a couple of those up I was asked by the events team if I wanted to help run parkrun and be an event director. It was very nice, in that sense, to be included in doing something that I love and that’s just helped build my confidence and allowed me to be a leader as well.

With my athletics and my running, there’s a lot of good spaces to run and you never have to go far to get a good trail run or hill run or anything like that and I also like how there are so many people who are like-minded with you in the Valley. I know that there’s a lot of people in the Valley who like running and that’s allowed me to make new friends by sharing a common interest. It’s just a fantastic place to be if you are a runner.

I’m in year 12 right now and after I graduate I’d like to go to Melbourne, go to uni and hopefully study physio or exercise in sport science and that links back to my running and the Latrobe Valley and how it shaped me as a person and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Michael

Lives in Traralgon

I like living in the Latrobe Valley because it allows me to give back to my community and to feel included as part of a community. So presenting myself in the Latrobe Valley has allowed me to give back to my community by participating in active and social events.

parkrun is a weekly timed five-kilometre run and is held in many locations throughout the Latrobe Valley. I know there’s one in Moe and one in Traralgon as well, it’s quite spread out. I started running those just to keep my fitness levels up and then after I got a couple of those up I was asked by the events team if I wanted to help run parkrun and be an event director. It was very nice, in that sense, to be included in doing something that I love and that’s just helped build my confidence and allowed me to be a leader as well.

With my athletics and my running, there’s a lot of good spaces to run and you never have to go far to get a good trail run or hill run or anything like that and I also like how there are so many people who are like-minded with you in the Valley. I know that there’s a lot of people in the Valley who like running and that’s allowed me to make new friends by sharing a common interest. It’s just a fantastic place to be if you are a runner.

I’m in year 12 right now and after I graduate I’d like to go to Melbourne, go to uni and hopefully study physio or exercise in sport science and that links back to my running and the Latrobe Valley and how it shaped me as a person and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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