Canberran Roxanne Jones is one of 12 team members of the Indigenous Marathon Project to run the New York Marathon

Local Canberra, Palawa woman and PhD candidate Roxanne Jones started running in 2017 and after a decline in her health in 2018, Roxanne was forced to adapt her training with a wheelchair.

Despite her challenges, Roxanne persevered and raced in the world’s biggest fun run: the Sydney City2Surf in a wheelchair in 2018. She hasn’t stopped since.

“I am passionate about sharing my story so that other people with disabilities, mental health or chronic conditions can see themselves represented. Representation and visibility are so important if we are to be a truly inclusive community. I want to prove that [within the running and walking community]all skills are welcome and appreciated,” says Roxanne.

Roxanne joins 11 other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across Australia who have been selected to participate in the 2022 Indigenous Marathon Project Squad to train for the New York City 42.2km marathon in November.

The 2022 Indigenous Marathon Project Squad will begin training in a few weeks under the guise of marathon world champion and Indigenous Marathon Foundation founder Rob de Castella.

Roxanne and Head Coach Damian Tuck spoke to ABC Radio Canberra Adi Francis