Sally has a passion for the youth. Her achievements started years ago in her Nursing career where she cared for people of all ages, but was particularly touched by the young she looked after. Born in Victoria, in 1985 Sally moved to Tasmania with her husband and young family of three sons, all under the age of four, to enjoy the life style Tasmania had to offer.
After a serious illness, Sally made a promise to herself to do all the things she loved and had put on hold for some years. She went back to swimming and then started cycling as she had always loved riding her bike when she was young. In 2002 after much training and racing with the Northern Vets cycling club her fitness improved.
She had success racing on the road and the track on a National and World Masters level. Sally wanted to take this success a step further and do something for the community. Accepting a challenge from John McKenna, Dealer Principal Launceston Mitsubishi, the ride project was created and Sally commenced her 1st solo ride around Tasmania in 2002. Since then the project has grown with amazing support from the Tasmanian community, businesses, Rotary Clubs, community groups, city councils, corporate sponsors and schools.
Sally has embraced the participation of young people in her project, with the involvement of school children throughout Tasmania, College students, Interact school based clubs, Rotaract youth clubs. Training is difficult at times-to stay motivated when training alone, to have to get up early and get on the bike before work, to stay safe when on the road, to maintain a certain level of fitness during winter months and to keep focused are all in the daily routine. Sally has been told by a young person that she has made a difference to them. Nothing else matters.