Ultra marathon runner inspires young and old
Posted on Monday, 31 May 2004
Motivational speaker and sporting legend Pat Farmer, Member for Macarthur (NSW), visited Perth in May to speak to a crowd of about 100 people, at the Hotel Northbridge.
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan played host to her friend and colleague, Pat Farmer, and was delighted to welcome him to Perth.
Judi Moylan and Pat Farmer have shared a common interest in diabetes. Ms Moylan is Chair of the Diabetes Parliamentary Support Group and was instrumental in arranging the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation event, Kids in the House. Mr Farmer has raised about $3 million for diabetes research and other charities and has inspired many with his extraordinary determination and courage as an ultra marathon runner.
Mr Farmer spoke from the heart, inspiring young and old to finish everything they started, to set goals, to use skill and ability, regardless of setbacks, and when doing something, to do it well.
Mr Farmer said everyone had setbacks.
“..it’s how we deal with those setbacks that makes us great.”
He left the crowd with a memorable quote: “There is no force on this earth greater than your own will, so just get out and do it. If you ever want to do something, anything with all your heart then you will find a way, but if you don’t really want to do it then you will find an excuse. No excuses.”
He made mention of real achievers in the crowd, including guests at the lunch, basket-ball legend Luc Longley and disabled athlete Darryl Howe, who was invited as a guest of Ms Moylan. Despite having cerebral palsy, Mr Howe runs marathons and gives his own motivational speeches. Ms Moylan’s other guests included young national BMX competitor, David McGrath from Bindoon, national karate competitor, Jusinda Dyson, of Yanchep and eight students from the Access class at Swan View High School.