Cycling superstar Sara Carrigan OAM is quite the Gold Coast ‘royal’ this month as she takes on the title of mayor of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ village. She’ll wear her Comm Games ‘crown’ while juggling her career and the role of wife to Stevo and dedicated mama of Bobbi (2) and Jarley (11 months). Is there anything this local champ can’t do?!
Tell us about your business/current role?
My business is called Sara Carrigan Cycling, which helps people feel more skilled, safe and confident riding a bike. My role as coach involves showing people (kiddies, adults, newbies, racers, fearful) what they can enjoy on a bike and I love how the simple act of ‘learning to ride’ turns into so much more… freedom, adventure, endorphins, relationships and happiness!
The business also caters to corporates, local business, schools and government, writing and delivering educational road safety programs, camps and workshops.
My role also extends to public speaking, ambassadorship, being a blogger/columnist, and a board/committee member of various organisations. I also recently accepted the role of Mayor of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and expert commentator for Channel 7.
Where did the concept for this come from?
Sara Carrigan Cycling was born out of need. There was nowhere for people to go to learn skills, to get educated and feel safe.
What’s your business background?
Business degree and 10 years of self-management as professional athlete.
Who were your mentors along the way?
Parents and husband. They have their own businesses so have valuable advice and lessons to share.
What time does a typical day start for you?
Lately, 4.30am when the little boy wakes up!
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
Me. Bobbi and Jarley love helping too.
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
Walk down to the local coffee shop or ice cream shop and enjoy sitting on the deck at the end of our street overlooking the beach! Ahhh bliss! If I have longer, love to go for a bike ride – total rejuvenation!
What do you do for childcare?
One day a week we have family day care for Bobbi and then mum/friend will play with both of them on another day or two a week while I get some work done in the home office.
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
We do nature play, music, playgroups and craft at home.
What do you do for fun as a family?
Go for bike rides, swim at the beach, picnics in the park.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your partner?
Date night? What’s date night? Haha! Probably watch a movie on TV after the kiddies have gone to sleep!
What is your favourite local place to visit?
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
Any place the kiddies can be free! Bam Bam Bakehouse is fab where we can grab one of their blankets sit on the grass and enjoy ‘picnic rug service’ – perfect for the kiddies to run wild in the park! Or Marie Anitas with their organic, gluten free/vegan options and cute little backyard that’s also great for the kiddies.
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
Out for an early morning ride with a brew afterwards. One girl’s night involved watching Blanc de Blanc – loved it!
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
Cheap and effective face cleaner that you can make out of two ingredients: Black sesame oil and rosewater. Rub on, cover with a warm washer then a light wipe – skin feels awesome!
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
Can I say Aldi? Haha! I’m not much of a shopper but love to go to the different markets around the place – Miami Farmer Markets are a pleasure with fresh fruit and veg and yummy treats, and great for the kiddies!
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Baby carrier. Bobbi calls it a pouch like a kangaroo with a joey in its pouch.
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
I struggled with this at one point. One of the best things I do now is be totally present. If I am with my babies, I am 100 per cent with them and not thinking about work or whatever else.
How do you stay motivated in your career?
I feel grateful that I love what I do and if/when things get challenging, I think about how this tough situation is providing me an opportunity for me to grow, evolve and be better.