5 Minutes with: Channel Nine’s Samantha Heathwood
Regional News Presenter, Samantha Heathwood is the face of Channel 9’s regional news we have all grown to know, but it is not one we have seen running the Bridge to Brisbane before! We sat down to chat to Sam about overcoming injury and why the crossing the finish line of the Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane means more than just another community fun run!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a mum of two boys and I’m the News Presenter for 9’s Regional News in Queensland
Why The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane?
Lots of my workmates at Channel 9 run it every year, and I’ve always wanted to do it. Last year my knee played-up right before it so I couldn’t do it, but this year I’m hoping to run the 10km.
What event are you participating in and who will you be running with?
I’m doing the 10km run, but it’ll probably be more of a jog so I’m planning to run by myself and at my own pace.
If you could get one message out to people, following your personal experiences, what would it be?
I didn’t think I’d be able to run again after I hurt my knee 10 years ago, and it took me a long time to get the confidence to get back into it, but I just started out with small runs, going slow and steady, and hopefully one day I’ll conquer a marathon. We’ll see! It’s on my bucket list.
Name three things that are key to living a fulfilled life:
I read recently that there are three keys to happiness in life: something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to. I love my job, I love my boys and my family and friends, and I am an optimist so I’m always looking forward to what surprises will come next.
Where is your favourite spot to go for a run in Brisbane?
I love running along the river from Toowong over the Goodwill Bridge and back – it’s nice and flat and there are lots of people around so it feels quite social even though I run by myself.
If you could go for a run with one person (celebrity or not), who would it be and why?
I’d love to run with my boys as they get older. It’s not really their thing at the moment – and it wasn’t mine until I got older – I’d love to think one day we’ll all head out for a run together.
Top tip for people training for The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane:
I’ve never even done it, so I feel like people should take my tips with a grain of salt! Maybe I’ll have some tips after I’ve (successfully) crossed the finish line. But I do need great music to listen to – I don’t think I could run without a good playlist egging me on.
Want to secure your spot, running in this years Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane? General entries are now open, follow this link to register now – https://enterb2b.com.au/enternow.aspx