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      When ART and SPORT collide...thats when the magic happens

      When ART and SPORT collide...thats when the magic happens

      “When magic is created in art the world should see it and , in this instance, IMPI are lucky enough to help show it. Here’s the story of a special girl’s talent that has been transformed into one of our latest creations.” 

      Chloe has loved art since she was little – even painting her Mum’s walls pink to demonstrate her artistic flair. One of her favourite things to do (apart from run) is spend time in her Nanny’s art studio creating. She is so lucky to have a grandmother as an artist to help her explore creative expression. According to renowned Brisbane artist Suzanne Danaher (aka Nanny) Chloe has a keen interest in creating ART. She loves to explore the effects of colour upon colour and gets lost in the moment. Chloe is always delighted by the results of what transpires before her.

       Chloe running shorts

      Chloe asked her grandmother to teach her how to do these paintings. During COVID a makeshift art studio (aka Bunnings fold out table) was constructed and Chloe set about creating something every day… THE CHLOE was one of those. How lucky for Impi Sportswear to have such talent in our tribe. We are delighted to be able to support young girls develop their interest and open their eyes to the possibilities their talents hold.

      chloe at art studio

      Chloe is forever creating new things, and her Mum tells us the art cupboard is always open and she can be found sitting somewhere quietly painting or making something artistic.

       

      When asked what she loves about art Chloe’s response is simply “ITS FUN”. Those close to her know it brings her a sense of peace and freedom, feeding her creative little soul. Art is the perfect balance to everything else Chloe does, she is always working so hard at everything.

       

      BUT don’t be fooled by Chloe’s love of art and creating! She is also one tough and determined little Impi running warrior. We love some of the parallels between running  and art such as ‘getting lost in the moment’ (yes one may be due to creative imagination and the other to pain 😊 but still…), ‘a sense of freedom’ and most importantly ‘FUN’.

       Chloe running in running shorts

      Chloe’s diverse interests yet hard work and passion for  “Art” and “Active” is evident in her enjoyment and success in both.

       

      Creative, active, bright, beautiful, happy, funny, hard working and above all kind …we are so proud to have such a talented Impi like Chloe in our tribe!

       

      My teenage running years - Benita Willis

      My teenage running years - Benita Willis

      I have a lot of fond memories of my teenage running years. Growing up in a country town (beachside suburb of Mackay, NQ), we used to do a lot of training that didn’t really seem like training at all. It was more of a way of life for us – how we lived and what we enjoyed. 

      How I used to train

      I loved competing but didn’t always enjoy training quite as much. I was so competitive that backyard sport with my siblings (I had 2 brothers and 1 sister) often finished when it was too dark to see the ball anymore (we were mad keen hockey players so this was hockey games) or mum was yelling “dinner time”. I used to get fired up in hockey games all the time (played underage hockey for Australia – was 16 when I was selected in the Aussie U/18 side to tour South Africa) if things weren’t going our teams’ way whether it was against my siblings in the backyard or National/ International tournaments. Just my competitive nature I think!

      For running, I only used to train for 4 months a year to align with the Australian All Schools Championships in December each year. When I was in year 8 + 9, I wasn’t really enjoying the running as much as hockey so I didn’t even compete in those years. I just did hockey, touch, netball and many other back yard sports with my siblings on weekends.

      When I was in year 10, 11 + 12, I trained for these 4 months of the year from Aug to Nationals (as this was when the hockey season had ended). My high school coach was John Clancy (he is now head of sport at BGS) and we often trained with the school rugby guys (as he was also their coach) but obviously did some great running sessions. We always trained on the school grass track, I remember a hard session back then was 6 x 300m with 2min recovery. My long runs were on the beach near where I lived and these were about 20min. Quite hard if the wind was against you in one direction! I also did sand hills on the weekends with my dad and sister, Caitlin. All up I would say I ran about 4 x per week but was training most days as often had some out of season hockey or other sport on or back yard sport with my siblings. I would say I did a lot of incidental exercise (i.e. we would often ride to school – took about 75min there and 75min back) just so we didn’t have to catch the bus, thought we were cool haha.

      Where I used to train

      I generally trained at our school oval at Mackay North State High school or at my beach (Bucasia). It was great training at low tide as the sand there is as hard as dirt so you have to wait for the right times. We also lived across the road from a primary school so I used their oval too. It was 260m so interesting doing reps on that! I had a few people I trained with at school and these numbers usually declined as the year went on as only those who’d made regionals/ states then nationals would continue training.

      My goals

      I didn’t have any specific running goals growing up. I watched a lot of football and cricket on TV but didn’t really think I could be someone who’d say go to the Olympics. Racing wise, I did think it was weird to win races by a large margin or run in a ‘time trial’ type fashion. So, I always ran the ‘sit and kick’ style race – thought that was the best way to race. Have learnt a few more tactics since then!

      The most important people

      For me, it was my Dad and my sister, Caitlin. My Dad loved running and did heaps of running with us. He was also a teacher at my high school so was always out at training to pick us up and see how we all were going. Sadly, he passed away in 2008 but taught me so much about life and how to love the simple things we sometimes take for granted. My sister Caitlin went on to be a fantastic athlete (amongst many achievements) and we often trained together although she was more of a speed athlete then me (gold medallist in the 4x400m at Melbourne CG, WC rep x 2). We had fun which was the main thing and why I continued to enjoy it.

       Benita-family

      Special things I remember

      I used to love going to Brisbane to run on the red track. In those days, I didn’t like wearing shoes to race so I used to tape my big toe. Was a bit easier then figuring out what shoes to buy or wear! I used to love going to state and national titles as I got to meet some of the Brisbane runners – many of whom I am still good friends with to this day. I love the friends you make in running and for me, these people have lasted the test of time. I remember getting billeted for state and national titles – often you wouldn’t know who would be looking after you till you showed up after the really long bus trip or flight to your race destination. There is none of this now but we did have some fun hanging out with different families over the years.

       

      I remember winning the Qld and National Championships over 800m + 1500m when I was in year 10, 11 + 12. I guess I enjoyed the success but didn’t deal with the pressure of people ‘expecting’ me to win as I got older – I would rather be the underdog! I had to learn how to deal with this pressure as I got older – for young athletes out there, don’t be afraid to take some time out to learn about yourself and your body as life and running doesn’t always have to go full steam ahead. We all come up against hurdles at unexpected times (running is such a rewarding sport but hard too) and it’s having the right people around to help you, which allows you to not only get through it but stronger for the experience.

      7 ways to stay motivated

      7 ways to stay motivated

      While the most important thing right now is to #stayhome and #staysafe we are lucky enough in Australia to still be running outside. While it's not a time to smash yourself and risk compromising your immune system, it is a time to #keeprunning and keep your ‘body, mind and soul’ healthy and happy. Here are some motivating tips to keep you going.

      1. Make your bed

      Its very easy to slip into hump mode when your normal daily structures have crumbled. Set a structure or routine for each day. Start by getting up, washing your face and making your bed. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzLzbd-zT4 to listen to a Navy Seal Admiral who poses a very strong case for bed making)

      2. Run for your health

      Exercise studies show that regular, modest exercise boosts immunity, and lowers your risk of infection so #keeprunning. Combine your run with a friend (only one 😊) to enjoy a chat, a laugh or simply some quiet company while you move through your paces. Running not only boosts immunity but also helps reduce anxiety, stress and provides clarity of thought.

      Impi Sportswear runners in running crops and shorts

      3. Take time to make yourself nutritious meals

      Vitamin C and other immunity boosting foods are more important than ever. We are by no means nutritionists, but here are some of our favourites…

      • Green smoothies (yummier than they sound)!
      • Stock up on blueberries (or any berries for that matter). Evidence shows blueberries knocked down the pro-inflammatory responses and help immunity.
      • Oats contain a fiber called beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea.This bolsters macrophage and killer T cells’ ability to fight off infections. Research suggests that beta-glucan can decrease your risk of upper-respiratory infections after exercise.
      • Chicken soup for our “soles” 😊 (here is a link to one of our favourites https://damndelicious.net/2018/09/30/cold-fighting-chicken-noodle-soup/  Chicken soup carries immunity-boosting benefits thanks to a mild anti-inflammatory effect found in the broth. The protein in chicken also helps bolster your immune system. Add plenty of extra veggies for more vitamins and minerals! (garlic, tumeric and ginger are good options)

        4. Work on your strengths and weaknesses

        Runners are notoriously bad at strength and stretch exercises. Not anymore! There is now time to incorporate a strength and stretch program into your running training. It's far easier to continue on with a good habit than to start one when times get busy again. A simple strength routine will improve your general health, sporting performance, build healthy bones and most importantly help prevent injury.

        5. Watch an inspirational movie or documentary

        Some of our favourites include McFarland High  on DVD and Eliud Kipchoge Road to Vienna The Ineos 1:59 Challenge on You Tube

        MCFarlan High Running inspiration

        Eliud Kipchoge

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XW63dM_1d0

        6. Read an inspirational book

        Not much more needed to say about this tip. Take a break from devices and read a real book!

        Here are some of our favourties:

        Perspective - Ellyse Perry

        Impi Sportswear reading book

        Choose to Win : Achieving Your GoalsFulfilling Your Dreams - Susie O'Neill

        Let Your Mind Run - Deena Kastor

        7. Join Strava (for 13 years +)

        Strava is a great way to stay connected to your running buddies. There are loads of virtual challenges and segments in your local area you can target. Get out there and give them a go. Impi Sportswear will be looking to hold a couple of virtual challenges over the coming months so please join our club Impi Sportswear Running Tribe for more details on these events. Go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/impirunning

        Keira Moore - Impi Running Warrior

        Keira Moore - Impi Running Warrior

        How and why did you start running? 

        My mum was a big influence as she had a squad of older athletes. Most of the time she would have to tell me to show her my skips and leaps as it was the only way she could get me to do some exercise - obviously I really wanted to be a dancer back then. 

        What is the best thing about running? 

        There are so many great things about running but the best would be the people you meet and the strong bonds that are developed at training with everyone and and travelling together for races! 

        Do you play any other sport? 

        I play soccer for club but play more for fun and for the social side of it. 

        What has been your career highlight so far? 

        Winning nationals for the U16 steeple-chase would have to be the highlight of my career so far as it was such a great comp as well as a fun trip to cairns. 

        Do you have a favourite distance? 

        My favourite distance would be 3km cross country as it is still fast but a little bit more entertaining than racing on the track. 1500m on track would also have to be a favourite! 

        What are future hopes and ambitions? 

        My hopes and ambitions would be to make the QLD team for athletics and cross country next year and hopefully be able to win a medal again at athletics! 

        Fun Facts 

        App - Snapchat, instagram 

        Food - sushi, thick shakes 

        Training session - 400’s 

        Instagram - Keirammoore

        Future Career - Dietition  

         Keiramoore

        Nikita Moore - Impi Running Warrior

        teen running apparel

        How and why did you start running?

        I started running from a young age; my mum was a big influence as she was coaching older athletes and I would just come down to the sessions and jog. Throughout school cross country and athletics carnivals I found myself winning a lot of races and becoming really dominant in the longer events. The environment and social side of running definitely influenced my decision to continue the sport.

        Where is your talent from?

        I would consider myself as having talent but not as much as many other runners. I am an athlete who works really hard for what I achieve and the work always pays off. 

        What is the best thing about running?

        The best thing about running would have to be the social side of it and how many friends you make along the way. I have met my closest friends through running. Although I do love competing and look forward to any race; I love the nerve racking and exciting atmosphere. 

        Did you play any other sport? 

        I currently play soccer but more just for fun. This year I played for both my school opens team and for club. 

        What has been you career highlight so far? 

        My career highlight would have to be when I won the Australian U18 girls 4km champs and also becoming the Oceania champ. It was such a competitive race as it was run up in Maleny on one of the toughest courses you’ll ever see! 

        Do you have a favourite distance? 

        I love any distance but at the moment my favourite would have to be the 5000m on track. When my age starts 6km cross country I definitely believe that will become a strong event for me. 

        What are your hopes and ambitions? 

        My main hopes and ambitions is to attend university in the US on a running scholarship as it sounds like such a great experience! Many girls I have trained with have also gone over which has strongly influenced my decision. 

        Why would you encourage anyone else to give the sport a go? 

        I encourage people to try running as it can benefit your life so much in so many different ways. 

        FUN FACTS 

        app - Snapchat, instagram 

        food- plain dairy milk chocolate, Spagetti Bolognaise 

        Author/ book- don’t read that much, probably should start but a favourite would have to be the once, then, etc series by Morris Gletizmen.

        Athlete- Heidi See (Australian distance runner) 

        Training session - 1km’s !! 

        Instagram - nikita_moore 

        Future Career- sales management in sport! (Fingers crossed). 

         

        nikitamoore—runner