Patricia Petersen campaigns for the 2016 Ipswich City Council election.
Patricia Petersen campaigns for the 2016 Ipswich City Council election. David Nielsen

Eddie the Eagle gives wings to Petersen’s run

SHE'S back.

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."

Eddie the Eagle.
Eddie the Eagle. File

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.

Dr Petersen gets dressed down for Australia Day during the 2015 state election.
Dr Petersen gets dressed down for Australia Day during the 2015 state election. Contributed

"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."

ADDICTED TO RUNNING?: Patricia Petersen during her campaign for Mayor of Noosa in late 2013.
ADDICTED TO RUNNING?: Patricia Petersen during her campaign for Mayor of Noosa in late 2013. Geoff Potter


REPLAY: Labor snub slammed in Ipswich West debate

REPLAY: Labor snub slammed in Ipswich West debate

Ipswich West candidates have faced our questions

‘Move on’: Ex-Qld Labor premier backs NSW in border wars

Premium Content ‘Move on’: Ex-Qld Labor premier backs NSW in border wars

Peter Beattie says Queensland must follow NSW’s lead

LOCAL NEWS MATTERS: $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Premium Content LOCAL NEWS MATTERS: $1 a week for first 12 weeks

Deal gives you access to local, regional and metro News sites