Student Athlete/Runner, Australia
With very little experience and limited competition to race against in Tasmania, Meriem has a 34:30 10km under her belt already, and a trophy cabinet bursting with victories from local races, including the Hobart half marathon. Daoui is also a type 1 diabetic. Neither her religion, her diabetes, or her running define her. She is a committed fundraiser for human rights causes (raising over $5,000 for Syria in 2016 by running her debut marathon – and winning). She also campaigns against bullying and for greater understanding of mental health.