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Proudly presented by ANZ Bank don’t miss a lunch presentation by World Champion marathon runner Robert de Castella. Deeks has used his winning attitude to be successful in business and is the Managing Director of SmartStart and founder of Deeks Health Foods.
Robert de Castella was and still is the only Australian to win the World Marathon Championship. He also won two Commonwealth Games and many other international races throughout the 1980s. His dominance was so significant that his peers voted him to be the world’s best marathoner of the 80s.
Since retiring from marathons he has continued to do incredible and inspirational things and in 2014 received an AO (an Officer in the Order of Australia).
He retired from competitive sport after his fourth Olympics in 1992, and took up the position of Director of the Australian Institute of Sport, rebuilding its reputation after the Senate Drugs in Sport inquiry.
In 1995 he left the AIS to establish SmartStart for Kids, a charity that addresses the escalating child obesity epidemic, and he has been a high profile national figure campaigning for a greater preventative approach in our health care system.
In 2003 he showed inspirational strength and resilience when he, and nearly 500 other Canberrans, were made homeless, after losing everything in the Canberra fires. He worked with the ACT Government on the five person Recovery Task force, and has contributed to rebuilding Canberra after the devastation.
In 2006 he pioneered and launched a new food business, Deeks Health Foods, a 100% grain free and gluten free Paleo friendly food business, for people wanting better performance or those struggling with compromised immune systems. Deeks is now a multi-million dollar manufacturing, retailing and wholesaling business.
In 2010 he established another charity, the Indigenous Marathon Project Foundation that uses running, and especially the New York City Marathon, to showcase and celebrate incredible Indigenous achievement, and inspire and change the lives and futures of Indigenous Australians.
He is a Board member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame chairing their Selection Committee, and is an occasional sports commentator.
Still very active and fit, he runs most days and is a Sundan (third degree black belt) in traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate.