About parkrun Australia
By Tim Oberg
In October 2010 I met with parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt in a cafe in Wimbledon, South West London, and asked him if I could bring the parkrun concept to Australia. Not long afterwards PSH gave me his blessing and now we are well and truly up and running (literally) with thriving events all over the country, hundreds of thousands of registered parkrunners and an amazing group of volunteers. I couldn't be happier.
So how has this all come about?
Once PSH gave me the go ahead the first person I contacted was Samantha Hughes, Senior Active Parks Officer at the City of Gold Coast Council. Little did I know that Sam is also an avid runner and in fact a former winner of both the Gold Coast and Melbourne Marathons, so she was immediately supportive of the concept.
I moved my family from London to the sunny Gold Coast in January 2011 and met with Sam and the then Mayor, the late great Ron Clarke MBE. We agreed on a suitable 5km course at Main Beach and on 4 April 2011 parkrun launched in Australia.
But parkrun doesn't just happen on its own. To continue to thrive and grow we rely on the grass roots support from the Australian community, both in terms of volunteering and participation. So if you live nearby any of our events, or anywhere else where you think a parkrun event will be well received, please get involved or get in touch and become part of parkrun family.
Contact parkrun Australia
Tim Oberg - Chief Executive Officer
Renee Gimbert - National Operations Manager
Gareth Candy - President - ACT
Nikki Waterfall - Secretary / Event Team Representative - VIC
Cynthia Cliff - QLD
Barry Toll - VIC
Stephen Jackson - NSW
Martin Dent - ACT