Kirsten Hausia was never a runner and went from hating sport and P.E. (physical education) at school to getting up to run before sunrise with a group of Indigneous women.
Kirsten Hausia is a proud Badimaya Yamatji woman. She was born in Japan where her Dad was working in the Navy. She then lived in the U.S. until age 24, all the while staying connected to Australia through family.
Growing up as someone who preferred all kinds of other extra-curricular activities over sport, Kirsten found her running rhythm in her thirties.
Now she loves her weekly ‘5am Sisters’ running group of Indigenous women who “pump each other up” and run to feel good rather than chasing the unattainable “Beyoncé body.”
Kirsten Hausia is one of the ambassadors of 'This Girl Can' campaign supported by VicHealth. 'This Girl Can' describes itself as a campaign that is "all about empowering Victorian women to enjoy being active without worrying about judgement, gender stereotypes or skill."
'This Girl Can' had planned major women's fitness events across Melbourne last month. All the events, which involved large family-friendly outdoor gatherings and large crowds, got cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kirsten advocates staying active at home while social distancing and isolation measures are in place. She say, there are tons of activities that one can do at home to stay fit.