Introducing Gold Coast’s ‘Cycling Ambassador’ Sara Carrigan

(14/03/2011)

Gold Coast’s new Active Travel Ambassador, Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan OAM, has been officially welcomed to her role 

And her first task was to issue a challenge to the City’s Councillors and staff, and the Gold Coast community.

Sara cycled to Council’s Bundall Chambers building for today’s (14/3) 1 pm full Council meeting where she was welcomed and introduced by fellow sporting icon, Mayor Ron Clarke.

The announcement comes at the start of Bike Week.

Cr Clarke said Sara took the opportunity to encourage others to follow her lead and pull out the pushbike on Wednesday, 16 March, for Bike Week’s annual Ride to Work Day.

“Council’s Active Travel program is supporting Ride to Work Day by providing free community breakfasts and coffees at Evandale Parklands, Bundall, and Central Park, Varsity Lakes, between 7 and 8 am on Wednesday 16 March, so there is a reward at the end of the road.

“And Sara will be at Bundall, in her new role, to meet participants,” Cr Clarke said.

“She brings a wealth of talent, passion and drive to the task. She is one of Australia’s sporting elite, and she matches this with business acumen, great enthusiasm and a real desire to see everyone benefit from participating in sport.

“Here on the Gold Coast Council is keen to encourage people to consider Active Travel options such as walking and cycling, for the obvious health, environmental and financial benefits they offer.

“Sara will be a great asset in convincing people to give Active Travel a try.”

For more information on Bike Week or Ride to Work Day, contact the Active Travel team on 07 5581 6418, or visit www.goldcoastcity.com.au/activetravel