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Body Leadership Australia sponsoring Hintsa towards London 2012

Body Leadership Australia physiotherapy is proud to be sponsoring elite runner Hintsa Mebrahtu towards
his dream of competing at the London Olympics in 2012.

Hintsa's career has excelled over the past few years with a number of impressive wins across the state.
In 2010 Hintsa took out the King of the Range title for the second consecutive year in Toowoomba, he
won the Gatton Grunt 5km Run and placed 2nd in both the Queensland Championship Half Marathon
and the Queensland Cross Country 12km race.

Born in the small country of Eritrea, Hintsa grew up in hard times facing civil war. Despite the challenges
he was still able to make time to enjoy the simple things in life.

"I had a lot of fun playing soccer with my friends. I was a bit more competitive than them, so after a
while I decided to switch to running where I thought I could start winning for a change," Hintsa said.

With war looming close, Hintsa and his family were forced to leave Eritrea for Sudan in 1998 where they
stayed for two years before moving to Australia.

"I can still remember the night we arrived in Brisbane, I was 17 and we were driving from the airport in
a taxi. I was amazed at how different things were. In particular I remember asking my parents as we
drove past a car yard, what happens if someone just comes in and takes one of those new cars? It's funny
to look back now and see how different my mindset was."


Hintsa was sent to learn English as soon as he arrived in 2000. After quickly picking up the basics he moved
to St James College where he completed his senior study.

It was at high school that Hintsa really began to shine on the running stage. After only being in Australia for
a couple of months Hintsa won his first State Title in cross country.

"That first win really sparked the passion for running that I still have to this day. That was it. I knew what I
wanted to do and I haven't questioned it since."

With his enthusiasm and dedication to the sport clearly alight, Hintsa stepped up his training so he could
compete in more events the following year. In 2001, after once again taking out the State Title, Hintsa
went on to compete at the Nationals where he placed 3rd in the 800km track race and 2nd in cross country.

Since leaving school Hintsa has continued running and competing with clubs in Toowoomba and Brisbane
while also pursuing his other passion of engineering. Hintsa is set to complete his Bachelor Degree of
Engineering majoring in Electrical and Computing at the end of 2011.

"I've really enjoyed the course at Griffith and with my final year project I have been able to tie in my running."
My experiment is to monitor myself and determine the optimal position for me to run in. Body Leadership
Australia has enabled me to clarify that as well," he said.

With a wealth of opportunities in front of him, Hintsa is still incredibly humble and his goal to be at London
2012 is unwavering.

"I'm currently concentrating on building my speed and strength. It's a lengthy process but I'm determined
to get there."

Body Leadership Australia Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan met Hintsa at the Endeavour Foundation
500km Summer Challenge in November 2005.

"From our first meeting I have been amazed at Hintsa's life story and his spirit. I really wanted to be
involved in his progress," Paul said.

"We at Body Leadership are extremely proud to be sponsoring Hintsa towards London in 2012. He has a
short hit out with the Mooloolaba 5km race in March to complete his speed work and then we will be
 preparing for the longer distances midyear."

"He is consistently improving and you can just tell that Hintsa Mebrahtu is definitely going to be a name to
keep an eye on."