Western Sydney resident Jodie Sale credits joining Can Too Foundation with making her say yes to doing things she never thought she could.
When she first signed up to do a Can Too program – the Blackmores Half Marathon in 2012, she was a 40-year-old who had never run or done any structured exercise since high school.
“I thought I could do a half marathon as it didn’t seem that long driving 21kms in a car. I found that I had a lot of learning to do but that at first ignorance was bliss.”
She has since completed seven half marathons and four ocean swims. The Sydney Motorsport Park RunWest Team Captain puts her success, including losing 20 kilograms, down to the Can Too community of Coaches, Team Captains, Mentors and fellow participants helping her along the way.
“I learnt about the training from the coaches, from running technique to setting and reaching goals by breaking down the tasks to see that you can do what you’ve set your mind to.”
Her Can Too Mentor Ngareta Linehan helped her go from completing a kilometre in 10 minutes in a shuffle to getting down to 5 mins per kilometre.
“The participants were all welcoming and the guest speakers on topics from diet to stretching was helpful.”
She joined Can Too after seeing her 42-year-old sister-in-law, Kellie Towney, pass away from secondary liver cancer in 2010.
“I felt helpless and wanted to take action to do something positive to help beat cancer.”
After seeing Can Too Founder Annie Crawford on the television talking about saying yes to doing things she was terrified of like public speaking to raise money for cancer research, Jodie thought I can do this too.
Jodie’s completed Can Too programs with two of her three children. Her daughter Kayla Sale in also a mentor for the RunWest Blacktown training group. Her next goal is to complete RunWest with her third child 22-year-old David Mafi.
Can Too has taken Jodie to places she never would have been before including fun runs in Lindfield and ocean swims at Palm Beach. But she’s most excited to help lead a training group in her local area of Western Sydney.
“RunWest will be fantastic, we get to go through the Western Sydney Parklands, the new zoo and the Blacktown Sportspark. And I won’t have to get up at 4.30am to go the goal event on the other side of Sydney.”
Photo: From left, Jessica Chambers (Jodie’s niece), Kayla Sale (Jodie’s daughter) and Can Too Team Captain, Jodie Sale after completing the Blackmores Half Marathon in 2014.