Sara Carrigan

Sara Carrigan

Sara Carrigan has been an Australian Professional Cyclist who has enjoyed the sport of cycling since 1995 - 24 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 & being crowned Olympic Games Champion in the 130 km Road Race at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 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), three-time 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 10years of elite competition, Sara announced her retirement from professional sport in December 2008 following the Beijing Olympic Games. A few months later, she 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, from riding a bike for the very first time. She is a Level 2 Cycling Australia accredited coach and has coached and mentored a range of athletes from junior talent right up to the elite level, coaching with both Triathlon Australia and Cycling Australia at World Championships. Sara has been inducted into the Gold Coast and QLD Sporting Hall of Fame and was an inaugural inductee into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame.

Sara has been a magazine columnist, an Executive Board Member of QLD Olympic Council, a board member of Cycling QLD, and was involved in the 2018 Commonwealth Games as member of the ‘Sport and Technical Committee’ and the ‘Athlete’s Advisory Committee’ and was co-Mayor of Athlete’s Village.

Sara is now a mummy to 2 children with her husband and balances family life with my many other activities. Sara’s passion is to continually be involved and is currently on the Cycling Australia Coaching Commission and is a coach educator delivering coach accreditation courses, whilst also serving as Director on the Events Management Queensland Board and as Mentor to athletes as part of the Gold Medal Ready program leading into Tokyo 2020.

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

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