RunNation Speakers - Real Stories

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RunNation: REAL STORIES > 10am to 12 noon

We’re super proud to launch RunNation: Real Stories on 11 August where we’ll bring to you three impressive talks which are guaranteed to leave you informed and inspired. Our speakers are:

  • Eloise Wellings - Olympian and co-founder of the Love Mercy Foundation

  • Brendan Davies - endurance runner and Nadine Davies - clinical psychologist

  • Lauren Parker - paratriathlete and Brad Fernley - long-time friend and training partner


Tickets to attend RunNation: Real Stories are now available via the link below. Tickets are only $20 each. The first 100 tickets sold will allow free entry to the Australian premiere of the RNFF feature film 'Tracktown'. All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating. Sorry, but no refunds will be available.

Tickets are on sale at only $20 each and the first 100 sold will allow free entry to the Australian premiere of the RNFF feature film ‘Tracktown’

Session 1: Eloise Wellings

Olympian and co-founder of the Love Mercy Foundation

Eloise Wellings has represented Australia in the 5,000m and 10,000m events at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics as well as various Commonwealth Games, including the most recent at the Gold Coast. She’s also got her eye on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. But ‘Olympian’ is just one word to describe Eloise. She’s also a mother, a mentor, a Christian and a charity-founder.

Eloise co-founded the Love Mercy Foundation in 2010 to help Northern Ugandans live an empowered life through sustainable development projects after years of civil war. She co-founded the Foundation with Ugandan Dual Olympian and former child soldier, Julius Achon. Eloise also established the Cents for Seeds project which encourages women and families to become self-sustaining farmers and create their own livelihoods.

Hear what inspires Eloise to keep achieving her very best on the track, lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate and be a role model to many up and coming athletes.


Session 2: Brendan Davies & NAdine Davies

Endurance runner; Clinical psychologist

There’s no doubt running 100 miles takes an incredible amount of physical effort but what part does mental strength and resilience play in endurance racing?

Brendan Davies is the ultimate road, trail and mountain endurance runner. He’s represented Australia in various 50k and 100k events, has completed the prestigious Comrades marathon and was voted Australian Male Ultra Runner of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016. But life hasn’t always been about hydration packs and checkpoints for Brendan. Hear his story about being a budding squash player, shedding those pesky unwanted kilos and finding his inner runner.

Nadine Davies is a clinical psychologist whose work includes helping athletes of all levels overcome the anxieties, fear, self-doubt, impatience and uncertainty that can often accompany competing.

Together, Brendan and Nadine are a power team in how to tackle a race from all angles and make sure the finish line is crossed with a smile on the face.


Session 3: LAUREN PARKER & BRAD FERNLEY

Paratriathlete; Long-time friend and training partner

In less than a year, Newcastle-born Lauren Parker went from a champion, able-bodied athlete to being told she would never walk again to representing Australia as a paratriathlete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In April 2017, Lauren went for an early-morning training ride with her long-time friend and mentor, Brad Fernley, in preparation for the Port Macquarie Ironman. The tyres on her bike burst, she hit the guardrail and lost all feeling in her legs. Her spinal cord injury left her with a 0-1% change of ever walking again. While in the hydro pool of the rehab unit six months later, she hit a turning point. Her sporting career was far from over.

Hear Lauren’s inspiring but incredibly difficult story of her journey to the Commonwealth Games, the unlikely but beautiful friendship she shares with her training partner and her hopes for the future.

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