BIO


“Just an ordinary person doing extraordinary things…”

India 2011

Samantha is an endurance athlete, qualified lawyer, key note presenter, corporate coach, social entrepreneur and performing arts graduate. In 2010, Samantha was the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete four, 250km ultra marathons across the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts on earth. Her journey, along with three others, was captured for the big screen in the award winning film Desert Runners.  In 2011, she ran 222kms nonstop across the Himalayas and the penny dropped during this race that she wanted to use her capacity to run long, for a reason outside of herself.

During her time as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie she ran 379km non-stop across the Simpson Desert in 31/2 days, raising funds for Save the Children Australia.

Ambassador to numerous organisations and charities, Samantha is a dynamic corporate speaker and coach with 9 years on the public speaking and professional training circuit within Australia and internationally. Samantha was a finalist in the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and a nominee for a Pride of Australia Medal. Samantha is an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to help business and individuals push through their limitations and achieve extraordinary success.

Samantha is about to embark on a 2350km run across South Africa with UK runner Mimi Anderson. The two woman are using this run to raise awareness to the limitations young South African women face with respects to education, confidence and feminine hygiene. For more information go to Freedom Runners.

 

Save the Child

Community/Advocacy

Co-Founder of Freedom Runners - a 2350km expedition run across South Africa’s Freedom Trail to raise $50K to establish a social enterprise business in the Free State. The social enterprise business will gainfully employ and train a dozen South African young women to manufacture feminine hygiene products and distribute them at low cost.  Samantha is partnering with UK ultra runner Mimi Anderson and Save the Children (as project managers to the social enterprise business). You can donate here.

Finalist in the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the award category of Inspirational Ambassador.

Nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal in the community spirit category.

Named an i2P Inspirational Ambassador for Impossible2Possible.   i2P’s mission is to ‘encourage youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower our global community to make positive change in the world. In 2012 Samantha worked with the Expedition Team in Botswana for the youth ambassador expedition (2012, 2013).

National Crusader for the League of Extraordinary Women – the mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of young female entrepreneurs throughout Australia (2012 –  2014).

Co-founder of the fundraising run ‘Ultra Spirit’. A 2 loop run around the TAN for Turia Pitt and Kate Sanderson, victims of the Kimberly 100km ultra marathon (2012).

Travelled to Cambodia to identify not-for-profit initiatives for employees of Zest Marketing Solutions to engage and collaborate with (2012).

Female perspective writer and editorial board member for Ultra168 – Australia’s No #1 ultrarunning website (2012, 2013).

Named Patron of Nutrition Plus, an Australian schools-based initiative aiming to engage Indigenous and other low socio-economic children attending those schools, their families and communities in the pursuit of good health with a particular focus on improved nutrition (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Completed a three-month internship with The Gulf Region Advocacy Center (GRACE), an independent, client-centered, Houston-based charity providing quality defense to indigents facing the death penalty (2010).

Founded a not-for-profit organisation, Monash University: Connecting With Indigenous Communities, which sent university students into Indigenous Communities to facilitate sporting-based holiday programs. The goal was to increase the frequency and quality of positive interactions between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians (2008).

Work in Mutijulu and Kaltukatjara – Indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory – sparking Samantha’s ongoing interest in the issues concerning Indigenous Australians, particularly the access to education and health of Indigenous Youths (2007).

Never one to accept the impossible or cease to challenge herself, Samantha embarked on her first ultramarathon in March 2010 to push her mental and physical boundaries. Inspired by the unique setting of these races, her fellow competitors and the belief that mental discipline can overcome all limitations – she hasn’t looked back.

 

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Running 

2014 

The Race (Donegal, Ireland)

Beast of Burden 50miles (New York, USA) – placing first female and second overall in a time of 8:12

3 Marathons in 3 Days (Cairns) – placing first female in each marathon and fourth overall

Surf Coast Trail Marathon (Victoria) – placing 2nd female

Run Melbourne Half Marathon (Victoria) – placing 19th female ouot of 2546 in a time of 1.33.36

2013 race/crewing highlights 

10 Peaks Lake District Race - UK

Crewing Cath Todd at Badwater (who placed first female)

Crewing Mathieu Dore at Coast2Koscki (who placed 3rd male)

2012

A 379km solo (supported) non-stop across the Simpson Desert in Australia. Raising over $30,000 for an early education mobile playscheme vehicle for Save the Children.

Northburn 100km (New Zealand) – placing first female.

Northface 100km (in team category) –  placing second mixed team.

Rollercoaster Run 43km –  placing first female.

Mount Macedon 55km (Australian Trail Running Championships) – placing second female.

Great Ocean Walk 100km (in team category) – placing second team.

2011:

La Ultra a 222km nonstop run between the two highest motorable passes

RacingthePlanet Roving Race in Nepal, a 250km multistaged race – placing 2nd female and 9th overall

2010:

Became the first female and youngest person to complete RacingthePlanet’s Four Deserts Grand Slam in one calendar year. Included four 250km ultramarathon in the driest (Atacama Desert in Chile), windiest (Gobi Desert in China), hottest (Sahara Desert in Egypt) & coldest (Antarctica) deserts on earth.

Placing 4th female and 25th overall in the Hells Hills 50km event in Texas

With Coach Ray Zahab