LOCAL HEROINE NOMINEES
JULIE HOFFMAN – Burpee Champion
After losing 52.3kg , 42-year-old mother of three Julie Hoffman has been continually motivating and inspiring women all over Victoria. In memory of her niece, Hoffmann decided to raise money for HeartKids in 2011, by doing 1000 burpees in under an hour (it took her 56 minutes) and she raised $4500. This year she took on the challenge again and raised $53,000. She’s also in the Guiness Book of World Records for most burpees in a minute – 40. Wow.
AYSE ADALIS – Super League
Bankstown police officer Ayse Adalis, played a crucial role in helping her soccer team the Eastern UNSW Lions defeat rivals the Southern Branch 4-0 in the 2012 Super League Grand Final at Jensen Park, NSW. Adalis, known for her long-range strikes and ability to use both feet, was undoubtedly the star of the game, scoring an impressive hat trick.
KATE ROGERS – Skydiving
Each week 32-year-old Kate Rogers can be found somewhere mid-air with her all-girl skydiving team The Valkyries. Skydiving for over 10 years, Rogers and her 4-way team have now qualified to compete in November at the World Parachuting Championships in Dubai. Rogers, a Diversional Therapist at Camden and Bulli Hospitals, says she’s simply aiming to achieve some personal bests while in Dubai – but hopefully that will be enough to bring home the title.
MAYBRITT PRAHL – Marathon Ice Runner/Skydiver
Jane-of-all-trades, Maybritt Prahl, 48, set a new world recorder earlier this year when she became the fastest female marathon runner on ice. Yes ice. Prahl ran 42.195km across Lake Baikal in Russia, braving temperatures of -14 degrees. Last year the Executive Assistant won gold in the 8-way Formation Skydiving at the 2011 Australian Parachute Federation National Skydiving Championships.
MELISSA GORMAN – Open Water Swimmer
Behavioural Science Psychology student Melissa Gorman recently returned from the London Olympics where she finished 11th in the 10km Open Water Swimming event. Awarded Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Gorman thrashes out 30 hours of swimming every week. When she’s not in the water she’s helping her Mum by doing support work with her eight disabled foster brothers and sisters.