Anna Meares to speak at Australia Day dinner

Olympic champion Anna Meares to speak at NT Australia Day dinner

January 4, 2019

Olympic champion and possibly the greatest Australian cyclist of all time, Anna Meares OAM will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Australia Day dinner, “An Evening with Anna Meares.” 

Australia Day Council NT Chair Jeannette Button said that the Council was thrilled to have such an inspirational speaker in Darwin for the event.

“On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: our land, sense of a fair go, lifestyle, and the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people, people who are willing to take responsibility, to lead by example and demonstrate what we are truly capable of.”

Anna is a 35-time Australian track champion and has held Olympic, World, Commonwealth and National Records.

She is a 4-time Olympian, a 2-time Olympic Champion (Bronze – Rio 2016, Gold and Bronze – London 2012, Silver – Beijing 2008, and Gold and Bronze – Athens 2004), eleven time world champion across four different disciplines, five time Commonwealth Games champion and she was the flag bearer for the Glasgow 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympics where she was also the Australian Olympic Team Captain.

In 2008, Anna overcame major life-threatening trauma after a shocking crash in which she broke her neck. Just seven months later she bounced back, stunningly competing in the Beijing Olympic Games to become the greatest female cyclist of all time.

Anna talks about sportsmanship, success and the power of the mind over the body.

“Success is not about staying un-defeated,” she says. “It’s about how you handle defeat- that’s what makes a true champion on the track and off it.

“An Evening with Anna Meares”,will be emceed by ABC Radio Darwin presenter Richard Margetson at the Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday, 26 January.

Funds raised at the event will go to Helping People Achieve, a ‘for-purpose’ enterprise that delivers amazing products and services across the Territory helping Territorians.

Other Australia Day activities to watch out for include: the national broadcast of the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, 25 January and Australia Day Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremonies, Oz Run and the Ute Run on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January.

For further information on“An Evening with Anna Meares” contact the Australia Day Council NT office on 8989 5292.

To find out more about the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards visit: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/the-awards/

Visit the website for details on Australia Day activities: http://nt.australiaday.org.au/events/