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Sara Carrigan has been an Australian Professional Cyclist who has enjoyed cycling for 19 years.  She commenced at the age of fifteen after being identified through a High School Sports Talent Search.Some of Sara’s greatest successes include winning the Gold Medal in the 130 km Road Race at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games medallist, two-time National Champion, World Cup winner, 12-time Australian Championship medallist, Australian representative at 8 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games (2004 and 2008) and 2 Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006), being named Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004, receiving the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List, having a street named in her honour– Sara Carrigan Crt, and being inducted into both the Gold Coast & QLD Sporting Hall of Fame in 2012. Sara graduated from university with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Real Estate & Property Development and was awarded Academic Excellence top 5% of students.After announcing her retirement from professional sport in December 2008 following the Beijing Olympic Games, Sara founded ‘Sara Carrigan Cycling’ providing coaching clinics to recreational riders in a friendly, fun and safe environment to deliver rudimentary cycling skill courses, group rides and safety sessions for all levels of ability.

Sara is a Level 2 Cycling Australia accredited coach and also coaches and mentors a range of athletes from junior talent right up to the elite level and has been selected as one of only 15 coaches across all sports within Australia as part of the AIS High Performance Coaching & Leadership Program in 2013-14.  Sara has coached with both Triathlon Australia and Cycling Australia at World Championships, is a magazine columnist, is an Executive Board Member of QLD Olympic Council, and is a member of the ‘Sport and Technical Committee’ of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Sara is one of Australia’s most dedicated and passionate advocates of the sport.

Personal Details
Date of Birth  – 7th September 1980
Place of Birth  – Gunnedah, NSW
Resides  – Nerang, Gold Coast, Queensland
Ambitions  – Pass on years of cycling knowledge and experience, Own and manage successful, inspirational business
Occupation  – Coach, Owner/Director of Sara Carrigan Cycling
Education – Grade 12, Bachelor of Business (Property Development & Real Estate), UCI/CA Level 1 Cycling Coach, Level 2 Cycling Coach (in progress)
Other languages – Some Italian & Japanese

Sports Background
Discipline  – Road Cycling
Home Cycling Club  – Gold Coast Cats Cycling Club
Home State – Queensland
Started Competitive Cycling  – 15 years of age
First Australian Team – 1997 at 17 years of age – Selected for Oceania Championships, NZ

Current Appointments
Bicycle Gold Coast – President
Gold Coast City Council – Active travel Ambassador
QLD Olympic Council – Executive Board member
2018 Commonwealth Games – Member Sport and Technical Committee
Tour de Tamborine – Ambassador
Multisport Magazine – Columnist

Most memorable  achievements
Gold Medal 2004 Athens Olympic Games – Road Race
Awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), January 2005
4th 1998 Junior World Championships Netherlands – Road Race

Personal Best Sporting Performances
1st   2004 Olympic Games Athens – Road Race
1st   2003 World Cup Australia – Road Race
1st   2002 National Championships – Time Trial
1st   2003 National Championships – Time Trial
2nd  2008, 2006, 2005 & 2004 National Championships – Time Trial
2nd  2006 & 2005 National Championships – Road Race
3rd  2008 National Championships – Road Race
3rd  2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne –  Time Trial
3rd  2003 World Cup Spain – Road Race
3rd  2004 National Championships – Road Race
4th  2005 World Cup Russia – 3km individual pursuit
4th  2003 Overall World Cup Standings
4th  2002 World Championships Belgium – Road Race
5th  2003 Overall World Ranking
5th  2002 World Championships Belgium – Time Trial
5th  2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester – Time Trial

Major Awards / Honours
2014 Mentor AOC Champ Connect Program Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing, China
2014 Australia Day Ambassador – Townsville QLD
2013 Tour de Tamborine Ambassador
2013 Australia Day Ambassador – Charters Towers QLD
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) Ambassador
2012 AOC representative to attend International Olympic Academy
2012 Queensland Sport Hall of Fame inductee
2012 Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame inductee
2011 Medal of Honour – Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club
2010 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (Top 5% of students)
2010 Gold Coast Business Excellence Award July
2010 Brisbane-Gold Coast 100km Cycle Challenge Ambassador
2010 North QLD Games Ambassador
2009 Public street named in honour called  “Sara Carrigan Court”
2009 Western Games Ambassador
2005 Medal of the Order of Australia OAM
2006 Australia Day Ambassador
2008 Member International Golden Key Honour Society
2004 Alice Springs Masters Games Ambassador
2004 Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year
2003 Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year
2002 Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year
2006, 2005 & 2002 QLD Female Road Cyclist of the Year
2006, 2005 & 1999 Griffith University Blue Award
1999-2009 Griffith University Sports Scholarship
Somerset College Honours Award
1999-2008 AIS Scholarship
1997-2008 QAS Scholarship

Australian Teams
2013 World Cup Road Teams Time Trial. SWEDEN (Coach)
2013 World Cup Road Race, SWEDEN (Coach)
2012 Junior World Road Championships, NETHERLANDS (Coach)
2011 Triathlon World Championships, ENGLAND (Cycling Coach)
2008 Olympic Games, CHINA
2008 World Cups, CANADA, BELGIUM
2007 World Championships, GERMANY
2007 World Cups, EUROPE
2006 Commonwealth Games, AUSTRALIA
2005 World Cups & World Championships, SPAIN
2004 Australian Olympic Team, ATHENS
2004 World Cups, EUROPE
2003 World Championships, CANADA
2003 World Cups, EUROPE
2002 Road World Championships, BELGIUM
2002 World Cups, EUROPE
2002 Commonwealth Games, ENGLAND
2001 Road World Championships, PORTUGAL
2001 World Cups, EUROPE
2000 Road World Championships, FRANCE
2000 World Cups, EUROPE
1999 World Road Championships, ITALY
1998 World Junior Road Championships, NETHERLANDS
1998 World Cup, SWITZERLAND
1997 Oceania Championships, NEW ZEALAND