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Katrin Garfoot shares her vision for a healthier Australia

20 August 2018

Katrin Garfoot recently announced her retirement from professional cycling after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but after stepping off the bike she hasn’t slowed down. A recent visit to some of the nation’s most influential leaders in sport and health in Canberra this week, Katrin shared her vision for a healthier Australia.

Following the announcement of Sport 2030, a comprehensive plan to reshape the face of Australian sport and build a healthier more active nation, Katrin and her mentor John Lamont visited the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the second time this year.

During the visit, they also presented to Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister of Sport and engaged with the office of the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer , Minister of Women, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.

Katrin presented her ideas ‘Supporting the delivery of the National Sports Plan’ to Minister McKenzie, the Prime Minister’s office and her local federal MP, the Hon Stuart Robert.

As a former elite cyclist with a remarkable CV, Kartin is eager to play an ongoing role in the development and execution of the National Sports Plan for Australia.

"My aim is to make sport more accessible for everyone and to create a better communication platform for those involved in sport," Garfoot said.

"I wanted to make a difference but I didn’t know how. As an elite athlete it’s quite hard to communicate with everyone appropriately, so I had a thought a while back that there needed to be a better medium to do that.

"With the release if the National Sports Plan, my idea started to come together. I want to make a difference not only for elite athletes, bot for sports at grassroots and recreational levels as well."

Garfoot highlighted the importance for young girls to have role models in school. Being a teacher herself, she hopes to implement strategies for changing the perceptions of girls’ involvement in sport.

Still in the transition process from professional elite cyclist, Katrin shifts her focus to striving for a healthier future.

"The next step for me is to engage in an even deeper collaboration with government, sports organisations and Sport Australia in defining our objectives a bit more, undertake specific market research and then create the best target outcomes," Garfoot said.

"My proposition is very broad and achieving everything all at once will be hard, but we will start in smaller chunks and give it a go."

Mentor, John Lamont said, "Kartin has a history of achieving whatever she sets her mind to, so I expect she will bring the same level of dedication and energy to the sport policy environment that saw her rise to be one of the best female cyclists in the world. She is a tremendous asset for the Olympic movement and sport in Australia."

Quotes from the Australian Olympic Committee.

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20 August 2018