Inductee - Sara Carringan

Sara Carringan

Sara Carringan OAM


Sara Carrigan OAM, enjoyed a successful international cycling career of over 13 years which began at the age of 15 after she was identified through a high school sports talent search.

The Gold Coast Cats Cycling Club star started competitive road cycling at 15 years of age and made her first Australian team aged 17 when she competed at the 1997 Oceania Championships in New Zealand.

Some of Sara's greatest successes include being a 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Time Trial medallist, a two-time National Time Trial champion, a World Cup Road Race winner, a medallist at every Australian Championships from 2002 to 2008 and an Australian representative at eight World Championships.

Sara competed for Australia at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, was named Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004 and received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List.

In the midst of a stellar career, her undisputed highlight was winning the Olympic gold medal in the 130km Road Race at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Sara announced her retirement from professional sport in December 2008 following the Beijing Olympic Games. She is now fulfilling her ambition to pass on her years of cycling knowledge and experience to help others relish in the simple joys and wonders of riding a bike that she has enjoyed for half her life.

She founded the Sara Carrigan Cycling School on the Gold Coast to provide a friendly, fun and safe environment to deliver cycling training and skills development for all levels of ability.

The ever-upbeat and inspirational Sara is one of Australia's most dedicated and passionate advocates of the sport.