Aunty Pam Pedersen nee Nicholls is a Yorta Yorta elder who works hard to better her community especially youth. Aunty has been involved in the Koorie Court system, many Aboriginal organisations, education, childcare and healthcare. She has also had some spectacular achievements in sports and continues to reach her goals today as well as her motto “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”. Aunty Pam joins the program On Track with specialist journalist Hayley McAdam to discuss the importance of education for our youth and how she celebrated mother’s day.
When she's not involved in community and social justice matters, she can probably be found in the swimming pool, riding her bike, or pounding the pavement. As a young woman Pam was involved in athletics, but it was later in life that she became serious about health and well-being through sporting activities. At 50 she decided to get active, initially for her own health but then as a way of getting the message out to community members that they needed to take care of their health through regular exercise, healthy diets and community and social interaction. From walking she progressed to fun runs and then to triathlons. She competed in her first triathlon at the age of 59. In 2016 at the age of 73 she completed her nineteenth Mothers’ Day Classic Run and is on track to make it twenty in 2017. This year she completed her 24th Mother's Day Run.