Dialog Box

Meet the Burners


 Every year, we like to get to know more about our Burners. Some will be new to the Balmoral Burn and others are loyal participants for years. It gives everyone a chance to see their reasons for participating and hopefully inspire others to do so too.

Izzy Thornton- Bott

Name: Izzy.

Age: 21.

Residential suburb: East Lindfield.

What race category are you participating in? Elite Women's.

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? The first time I had a go at this event 'chosen' would have been an interesting word *side-eyes coach*, but all jokes aside I'm a big believer in events like these that serve a greater purpose. It's all fine and dandy for someone to race at a championship event or a club meet but at the end of the day events like these can change someone's life for better and that's very important to me.

Have you participated in the Burn before?: Yes, my first year was 2018.

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? TBD

How long have you been an elite athlete for? Hmm. Subjective question but I've been a high performer in Athletics for perhaps two or three years now.

What motivates you? I just really always want to try to innovate myself and challenge myself to be a little better than I was yesterday if I can. I think I also derive a lot of motivation from my pure enjoyment of running (specifically when I'm running well and healthy). I also have a list of goals in Athletics and I plan on checking off every single one off them.

Any other details you think are relevant/ important?  I'm a uni student, coach athletics/running to kids and run my own photography business.

Did the Humpty Dumpty Foundation as a charity impact your decision to enter the Balmoral Burn? In short, yes. I have personal experience with foundations similar to Humpty Dumpty and know the work they do is indispensable. Even if I didn't have this experience, supporting charities is the right thing to do. Chances are I would have ended up doing this sometime down the track regardless of what category I would have raced in but the charity element is incredibly important to me. I have had the privilege of working with UK charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and at the Disabled Olympics (separate to the Paralympics), which has given me invaluable insights into how important the support charities provide is, and what a difference it makes to a person(s) in need.


  

Dominic & Luke Anthony

Name: Dominic

Age: 40, but not yet over The Hill.

Residential suburb: Kirrawee.

What race category are you participating in? Parent & Child.

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? I use equipment provided by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation regularly whilst at work as a nurse. I see the funds being used for equipment in units that I visit, especially for premature babies and newborns, in some incredibly remote locations; which simply wouldn't happen without the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Have you participated in the Burn before and how many times? This will be the 4th Burn that Luke and I have done for Team NETS.

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? Probably, I have a few colleagues at NETS who are hoping to run, or at least come along to watch. The Burn is a great day out, and I'm sure the amount that I harp on about it will ensure I'll muster a few extra runners.

What motivates you? It's great to be able to give back to an organisation that has given so much support to NETS and the broader paediatric healthcare community. I have seen the positive impact that the foundation's input has had on patient care and comfort within hospitals first-hand. Being able to support the foundation in any way, is a worthwhile cause, and 'The Burn' is something I enjoy immensely.

Any other details you think are relevant/ important? Luke has managed to hit the 420 club with his fundraising each year that he has participated and he's hoping to the same again this year. He just loves getting those medals.

Name: Luke

Age: 11.

Residential suburb: Kirrawee.

What race category are you participating in? School children year 6.

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? Because dad told me to.

Have you participated in the Burn before and how many times? Yes this is my fourth .

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? Dad mum Frankie and Ray.

What motivates you? The rest area.

Any other details you think are relevant/ important? Yes my Instagram name luke_anth0ny1402.


   

Alex Pettigrew

Name: Alex.

Age: 26.

Residential suburb: Naremburn.

What race category are you participating in? Elite Male ‘King of the Hill’ closely followed by the Corporate Relay (I’ll sleep well for sure!)

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? The Balmoral Burn has been a highlight event on my Winter running calendar since my training partner first brought me down to Awaba Street in 2010. The Burn is a rare opportunity to harness my running to create awareness for a cause that benefits so many children in our local community. The pain felt in the final stages ascending the mighty Awaba hill is pretty satisfying when you know your efforts are funding life-saving medical equipment for sick and injured children. 

Have you participated in the Burn before?: 2019 will be my 8th year participating in the Burn.

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? Yes! My coach, family, girlfriend and training mates will be scattered along Awaba Street to support me on the day. 

How long have you been an elite athlete for? I started athletics at 5 years of age when I joined my local Little Athletics club. I won my first National title at 9, and I made my first National Open final when I was 20. 

What motivates you? I haven’t achieved my biggest goals in Athletics yet, so I’m still supremely motivated to make the necessary sacrifices required to qualify for an Open Australian Team. I really want to achieve this dream to justify the tremendous support that my family and my coaches Ben Liddy and Dave Costello have dedicated to my running career. 

I know you have a number of achievements including being King of the Hill at the Balmoral Burn, please tell us more in detail: I’ve actually never topped the podium, I’ve finished 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s Elite race so I’m hoping this is my year to snatch the crown! Some other career achievements that I’m proud of include medaling 6 times in the 800m at the NSW Open Championships and remaining the holder of a number of State and National junior age track and field records. 

You are actively fundraising this year, how much do you hope to raise? My fundraising goal is $1000 this year. I’m still a little way off, so I’ll be chasing as much support as possible in the lead up to the 26th May!

Would you like us to link your fundraising page in our story? Yes, thank you! Alex's fundraising page

Any other details you think are relevant/ important? I’d just like to congratulate and thank all of the staff and volunteers at the Humpty Dumpty Foundation for their tireless efforts behind the scenes to make this event such an incredible success each year. See you all on the 26th!


Varteni Guardala

Name: Varteni.

Age: 33.

Residential suburb: Tennyson Point.

What race category are you participating in? No Burn Walk pushing Alexander up the hill

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? I am a BIG supporter of Humpty Dumpty cause I know first hand that medical equipment that Humpty donates to hospital saves lives. It saved my sons life when he was born premature at 24 weeks.

Have you participated in the Burn before?: Yes, this is my second year. 

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? We have lots of family and friends joining on the day to enjoy a great day out. 

You are actively fundraising again this year, how much do you hope to raise? Yes, we hope to raise $5k.

Would you like us to link your fundraising page in our story? Yes. Alexander The Great fundraising page

Any other details you think are relevant/ important? No.


Ebony Schembri

Name: Ebony.

Age: 25.

Residential suburb: St Clair.

What race category are you participating in? Humpty's Run, Community Group is For Chloe.

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? My family lost my little sister 23 years ago, and it still is a very sad moment of our lives to this day. I am a strong believer in all of the hard work that the Humpty Dumpty Foundation does, and how many little lives they save yearly, and I like to think if this foundation was around back then, the hard work would have her with us today. So for that our group want to push to be able to help all the little lives that we can.

Have you participated in the Burn before? This will be the first year for all of our group, we are hoping to make it to the finish line with no tears! 

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? Of course! We are still working on getting as many people out there as possible!

You are actively fundraising this year, how much do you hope to raise? We were hoping to raise $1,500.00 for the race, but we have raised closer to the $2,000 mark thanks to our friends and my work who also are big donors to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation… I think it’s time to raise our goal!

Would you like us to link your fundraising page in our story? Yes please. For Chloe fundraising page

Any other details you think are relevant/ important? If you haven’t already, please support The Humpty Dumpty Foundation in any way you can, their amazing work does go unseen!


Charly Rose Iron

Name: Charly.

Age: 22.

Residential Suburb: Fairlight

Race/s Entered in 2019: Hill of Hurt

How many years have you been doing the Balmoral Burn and what race/s have you entered? I have participated in the Balmoral Burn for 10 years. During this time I have entered the Schools Relay Team, Individual Open and the Hill of Hurt.

In this time, what have been your achievements? In terms of the running, I was the Hill of Hurt Female Champion and Course Record Holder in 2016 and 2017. However, I would regard my biggest achievement as being part of the Queenwood team that raised the most money out of all the School Relay Teams in 2014. I was in year 12 at the time and asked to select which hospitals would receive the medical equipment that we had raised funds for. Feeling a sense of reward and purpose from giving back is a far greater achievement that will impact many more people than the running results.

Why did you first get involved involved in the Balmoral Burn? In 2009 I put together a relay team with my Queenwood school friends. I can remember having a wonderful day getting dressed up and cheering on the other runners/walkers/pets etc. But most importantly I was astounded by the wheelchair athletes. Many people think running or walking up Awaba Street is difficult but these incredible humans zig-zag their way up to the top (because if they go straight the wheelchair will roll backwards down the hill).

Please tell me how you got involved with your school - your age at the time? At the time I was 12 years old and I asked some school friends to make up a relay team with me. We were probably one of three Queenwood teams and had no idea what we had ourselves in for. We soon found out we were in for a little bit of hard work but a whole lot of fun. Each year we were back, making up more and more relay teams and I like to think we were the trendsetters behind Queenwood Girls embracing the fancy dress theme. These days Queenwood has so many teams the girls wait at the school before the event because there isn't enough room for everyone at the beach.

Do you attend alone or with family/friends? I mostly attend the event with friends and try bring along some new friends each year. I make sure they stay around for the wheelchair event so they have the same jaw-dropping experience I had in my first year.


Kate Valenti

Name: Valenti Family (Kate, Peter, Hugo 5, Eliza 3 and Claudia 11months) 

Residential Suburb: Mosman 

Race Category: Parent & Child

Why have you chosen to get involved in the Burn? Hugo's liver failed when he was 2 weeks old. He used Humpty Dumpty Foundation donated equipment at various times during his stay at the Sydney Children's Hospital. We are passionate about giving back through fundraising so other children can have access to much needed, often life saving medical equipment. We've loved participating as our family has grown, with our extended family also joining us in different years. The Balmoral Burn highlights the great community spirit in our area.

How long have you been participating in the Balmoral burn? This is our 5th year.

Will you have family/friend coming to cheer you on the day? Grandparents, aunty, uncle and cousins Fundraising target: at least $450

Would you like us to link your fundraising page? Yes Valenti Family Fundraising Page

Any other details you think are relevant,important? We'd like to thank our family, friends and colleagues for their very generous donations that have helped raise almost $8000 since we started feeling the burn in 2014. Every donation helps make a difference.


Paris Panetta

Name: Paris 

Age: 15

Residential suburb: Lane Cove West

What race category are you participating in? I am participating in the Open Females (all ages) at 9:50am

Why have you chosen to get involved in the burn? I have chosen to get involved in the Balmoral Burn to help raise money for my school project.  

Have you participated in the Burn before? No, this is my first time participating and I am very excited! :) 

Will you have family/friends coming to cheer you on the day? Yes, my mum and two of my family friends will also be racing with me!

Tell us about your fundraising and how much you hope to raise: So, for my school project, I have created a video focusing on the importance and development of humidicribs for premature babies. My goal is to raise $26,000 by the 23rd July 2019 to purchase a humidicrib for a hospital in desperate need of one. My video can be viewed on a website called ‘Everyday hero’ and donations can be made on this page as well.

Would you like us to link your fundraising page in our story? That would be wonderful, because at least I can get more exposure on my video and raise more donations. Paris' Fundraising Page

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