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GirlTalk HQ: ‘Interview With Samantha Gash: Trailblazing Marathon Runner’

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Check out my interview with GirlTalk HQ – a news media website dedicated to feminism, empowerment & inspiration for millennial women.

‘Meet Samantha Gash, a woman who is literally blazing a trail around the world. This Australian powerhouse became the first female, and youngest person ever to complete The 4 Desert Race Series grand slam in one year in 2010. It’s a marathon not for the faint-hearted, and not many people would even bother trying……read more

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Badwater Ultramarathon – #teamcath

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Taking part in an event like Badwater reminds me of my performing arts days when I was in dress rehearsal and performance week for a show. Both of these experiences are like entering into a cocoon where you interact very little with those outside of that experience, and it feels like your whole world revolves around the preparation for that show or race. It is utterly consuming and your focus and commitment are at an all time high.…

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From London to Lights to Lakes to Nice

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I woke up at 7pm tonight and I was in a complete daze. I couldn’t remember where I was but I knew I was somewhere in public and I was hoping my clothes were on. As I looked around it came back to me, I am in Nice and I have just watched the time trial of the Tour de France where the Aussie team Orica-GreenEdge dominated. Yes, that’s right,  I had made my way to the rocky beach afterwards and fell asleep in the sun (and I did have my clothes on when I checked).…

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Change is as good as a holiday – but I am taking the holiday AND the change..

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When I was in primary school and my teacher asked the class “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was either “a lawyer or an actor”. When I had that same opinion in the later years of high school my Dad (the engineer/accountant/businessman) would tease me and say “being an actor or a lawyer are virtually the same thing”. Despite my Dad’s jest, I pursued both of these career paths through to university where I studied a double bachelors degree in Performing Arts and Law.…

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League of Extraordinary Women | How stressed are you today?

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Over the past year I have had the delight to be the National Crusader for the League of Extraordinary Women (the League). It sounds like a grand title for an even grander organisation and what the League is achieving in the space of motivating and mentoring female entrepreneurs (particularly young females) is incredible. I feel honoured to be a part of the League whose mission is to create a ‘real opportunity for women to get together to be inspired, empowered and to create long last relationships.’

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The four founders, the State Crusaders and myself each take turns writing blogs each week and there is a great resource of material accumulating.…

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No finish line

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A piece by Charlie Syme… 

I had the delightful opportunity to work with good friend Charlie Syme in a video he put together for the Australian Human Rights Commission.

In my few short years of ultra running, I have been fortunate to travel and run in some unique location.

I have met beautiful people from many walks of life.

I have learnt the boundaries of my physical capabilities whilst constantly realising my mental capacity is as far as I want it to be.

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My response to girls aged 14 -16 entering SCC (100km solo)

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The news that eight 14-16 year old girls have entered the 100km Surf Coast Century event this weekend has sparked a lot of debate and concern in the ultra running community. These girls have entered the race as solo runners but have said they will predominately be walking the distance and plan to stick together as a group. From my investigations their school hasn’t supported their decision to embark on this challenging course over a grueling distance that can never be underestimated.…

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Questioning how “crazy busy” I make myself.

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Something about this Melbourne winter has been challenging. The days seem darker, the air has been bone-chilling cold and my energy has been periodically flatter. I am juggling a few more balls in the air than normal and my days are often excessively long simply to keep those balls from dropping on the ground.

I read an article that was posted on my friend’s facebook wall the other day called “The Busy Trap’.…

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Crossing the Simpson

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Last week I launched the website for my July expedition “Crossing the Simpson” I couldn’t be luckier to have the creative talents of Nic Davidson from Bushy Creative once again collaborating with me on this project.

For those who don’t know I am attempting to run non-stop for approximately 379kms across the Simpson Desert. I will be following the route that legendary Australian ultra runner Pat Farmer ran when he crossed the Simpson in 1996 and 1998.…

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