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Georgia Gleeson personifies resilience, determination, and courage, and is now in the Byron Shire and ready to help others realise their potential.

In 2013, Georgia was one of six women selected in the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad to train for the world-famous New York City Marathon, with just six months of training.

Since crossing the line in New York City, Georgia has achieved outstanding results in the Gold Coast Marathon, Sydney City2Surf, Mothers Day Classic (where she also trained a group of runners to run their first ever race), and Santa Cruz 10km.

In 2014, she founded and coached the Queanbeyan Deadly Runners, and just two years later in 2016, she established the Canberra Deadly Runners group.

Georgia has personally coached more than 150 people, both male and female, ranging in ages from 16 to 65 in a couch-to-5km model. Some of those runners have since finished 10km, half marathons and the running mecca – the 42.2km marathon.

But the changes her runners experienced extended beyond their running. In the first year, 26 participants lost 132kg collectively and all recorded improvement in mood and attitude.

The Deadly Running model has been passed on to fellow IMP graduates who have successfully run the program across Australia.

Georgia was recognised for her dedication and hard work when she was awarded the 2015 ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year.

She was also named ambassador for the Layne Beachley Foundation in 2016.

Georgia and her family have moved to Byron Bay where she is determined to continue coaching and changing lives through the power of running.

Georgia’s expertise lies in coaching people with no running experience to finish their first 5km race through her ‘couch to 5km’ program suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Georgia creates a social, friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome – no matter your background or fitness ability.

For more info see www.byronbaydeadlyrunners.com.au.

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