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Read more › News - 3rd March 2020

Surprise yourself and others

I have been in prison for many years now. I had never heard of parkrun until our Recreation Officer showed us a TV clip about the first women’s prison in the world to host a parkrun (in Western Australia). I saw women happily walking and talking on an oval. They looked normal and almost free….

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Read more › News, Press - 25th January 2020

World’s first parkrun in a remand centre launches in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

In a world first for a remand centre, 47 officers and prisoners at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC) took part in the inaugural Wacol parkrun today.   BWCC has become the 33rd correctional site in the world to host a parkrun, the ninth in Australia and the first in Queensland.   Queensland Corrective Services Deputy Commissioner…

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Read more › News - 20th January 2020

Connection is the opposite of addiction

In July 2019, Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Western Australia became the first female prison in the world to host a parkrun.   In another world first, Wandoo developed a pioneering initiative to encourage the women in their care and their friends and family to participate in parkrun.   In a 12-week period, if a Wandoo…

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Read more › News, Press - 19th October 2019

Tarrengower Women’s Prison in Victoria launches parkrun

Tarrengower Prison in central Victoria has become just the third women’s correctional facility in the world to introduce parkrun.   Tarrengower is the only minimum security female prison in the state and focusses on preparing women for their release. It provides a maximum of 72 residents with programs and employment opportunities, allowing them to build…

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Read more › News, Press - 23rd July 2019

A committed team at Hopkins

“Welcome to Hopkins parkrun, I don’t think anyone really wants to be doing a parkrun in here but let’s make the best of it.”   And that is how the third Aussie prison-based parkrun was launched. No press releases and no fanfare,  just a committed team with the full intention of getting it right.  …

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Read more › News, Press - 17th July 2019

Australia to launch world’s first parkrun for women in custody

Inmates at the Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Perth will become the first women in custody anywhere in the world to take part in weekly parkrun events when Wandoo parkrun launches this Saturday 20th July.   Wandoo became Western Australia’s first dedicated alcohol and drug rehabilitation prison for women in custody when it opened in August 2018. The…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2019

Sport plays key role in helping prisoners rehabilitate

The following article appeared in The Age and the Pursuit this week:   The number of people in Victoria’s prisons is soaring. In the past 10 years the state’s prison population has jumped by 80 per cent to 7666, and in the coming year the government will spend $1.8 billion on its prison system.  …

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Read more › News, Press - 17th April 2019

Prison-based parkruns set to launch in Australia

Prisoners in Australia are set to participate in weekly parkrun events for the first time from this Saturday (20th April) with HM Prison Dhurringile in Victoria becoming the first correctional facility in the southern hemisphere to host a parkrun.   The prison in central Victoria is a minimum-security mainstream facility that covers 420 acres and…

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Read more › News, Press - 8th November 2018

The inmates behind prison parkruns

Every journey starts with a single step…   Hi, I would like to enquire about getting a parkrun event set up inside our prison so that our prisoners can have the opportunity to get involved in this initiative. Hopefully they will then want to access an event closer to home upon their release.   Shane…