The Australian cycling community has endured its heartbreaking loss in recent times subject to that of suicide by two of the sports highest achievers.
Late 2017 the community lost a member of the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal 4000m Track Pursuit Team Stephen Wooldridge and in recent months the cycling world has also offered love and support to the family and friends of 2012 Tour de France participant and former Australian National Champion Jonathan Cantwell.
“These tragic losses resonate across the cycling community on multiple levels,” commented Craig Eastwood, Cycling Victoria General Manager “They prompt us to stop, reflect and respond to this call to action, Whether it’s an elite rider, a junior novice or club volunteer we all have a role to play to look out for each other.” – Craig Eastwood / General Manager Cycling Victoria
Both men have been at the pinnacle of elite cycling in Australia and have also highlighted the much-needed support required not only for our fellow athletes, but also for their teammates, families and friends in education of mental health illnesses and just how to identify small signs of depression and even suicidal ideation.
With over 50 cycling clubs across Victoria the numbers of weekly riders is growing and many of who are utilising their time on the road as a great way to escape the stressors and expectations of life as they share the road with other like minded individuals.
“Earlier this year we engaged a handful of Clubs during Mental Health week. We look to build on and extend these activities by engaging Outside the Locker Room and using participation in Cycling as a vehicle for positive change”. – Craig Eastwood / General Manager Cycling Victoria
Mental Health is something that affects all communities and a local cycling support group can be a great way that people can connect and feel a part of something special. Currently within Australia 1 in 5 people are experiencing depression and 1 in 4 having some form of anxiety. We would be ignorant and naive to think that the cycling community is immune to these stats.
“Cycling has long been regarded as therapy on wheels – a chance to get out, spin the legs and clear the mind. Bringing Outside the Locker Room on as our charity partner in the mental health space puts in place a partnership that proactive aims to support the wellbeing of the broader cycling community.” – Craig Eastwood / General Manager Cycling Victoria
Outside The Locker Room are proud to announce an official partnership with Cycling Victoria as their Mental Health Charity Partner for 2019. Our program will engage with all Victorian cycling clubs to offer education and a safe, secure support platform for those who may be struggling and need someone to speak to.
Outside The Locker Room specialises in working alongside sporting clubs within Australia offering educational workshops and on-going welfare support for their participants and families and we are passionate about supporting our Victorian Cycling family.
“We are very proud to join forces alongside Cycling Victoria to offer our program to all Victorian cycling clubs. Sporting clubs are an amazing platform to help support our communities and that is what our program specialises in” – Jake Edwards / CEO Outside The Locker Room
Over the next 12 months the partnership will see Cycling Victoria actively promoting our program to all their clubs and encouraging them to participate for their members benefit in education and support.
A full endorsement will also see fund raising events and even cycling teams wearing co-branded cycling apparel at major racing meets throughout 2019.
During the month of December 2018 you will notice the Outside The Locker Room Activation Team set up at the below Cycling Victoria events. Make sure you go up and say hello to the team and learn more about the program and how it works for your cycling club.
• DISC – Dec 8th 82nd Melbourne Cup on Wheels
• Melbourne Arena (Hisense) – Dec 15th 121st Austral Wheelrace
“It’s our hope that through that by leveraging the broad reach of our Club network in partnership with Outside The Locker Room we can extend figuratively and literally a helping hand to those who feel the need help and support”. – Craig Eastwood / General Manager Cycling Victoria
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