Eddie the Eagle gives wings to Petersen’s run
Patrica Petersen has run in just about everything except the Olympic Games.
Funnily enough, it was a trip to watch the movie Eddie the Eagle - the story of the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping - that gave her the inspiration to run again as an independent in Blair at the upcoming Federal Election.
Ms Petersen has run in oodles of local, state and federal elections over the past two decades.
"So many, I've lost count," she grinned when asked by the QT for the exact number.
"My ex-partner, who is based in New York, wrote to me and said 'Patricia, I think you are addicted to running'.
"I had to sit back and think 'Am I addicted?' Maybe in a certain sense.
"I have always wanted to pay back the area that embraced me.
"It may have something to do with being adopted and my family raising me in the area, and the feeling that I have to pay back the area that looked after me.
"But obviously I have run in NSW and up the coast so it can't just be that.
"I do want to make a difference and raise issues."
Plenty of people have told Ms Petersen she has no chance of winning this election.
She's heard it plenty of times before too, as did Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards when he was told his Olympic dream was exactly that... a dream.
"I went to see the movie Eddie the Eagle at Redbank Plaza and I was quite inspired by this fellow," she said.
"Everyone said 'you are never going to make it to the Olympics. You have no chance of getting there'.
"Of course he ended up becoming a British Olympian after being knocked back on so many occasions.
"As a kid he had all sorts of issues.
"He had a problem with his leg and wasn't a natural athlete.
"But he was determined to get to the Olympics, which he did along with breaking the British record for ski jumping.
"I am not likening myself to Eddie the Eagle but I do think I am pretty tenacious.
"I am good at getting knocked down and getting straight back up again."
Ms Petersen said she was "not one to listen to negativity".
She said that nasty notes on social media to her had only played into her hands.
"I was mulling over whether to run then I received a couple of threatening emails and a nasty note on Facebook and that crystallised the decision in my mind to run," she said.
"Within 24 hours I had announced I was running."