Olympic Cyclist Katrin Garfoot announces retirement
12 July 2018
CYCLING: Matt Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of the AOC, has congratulated Australian Cycling Team member and Rio 2016 Olympian, Katrin Garfoot, on her retirement from cycling which was announced earlier today.
“Katrin is a great example of the Australian Olympic spirit. After only taking up competitive cycling aged 29, Katrin represented Australia with dedication and pride,” Carroll said.
“I want to thank Katrin for the years of hard work she put in to represent Australia on the world stage and wish her all the best in her future endeavours. With her drive and attitude, I am sure Katrin will be highly successful in whatever field she chooses to pursue.”
36-year-old Garfoot made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio, finishing as the highest placed Australian in ninth in the time trial.
“My cycling career was an intense time for me and now I want to enjoy life with my friends and family. I thank everyone involved and everyone who supported me,” said Garfoot.
“A lot of people asked me "what comes next for you". I am not certain of what that is, but I am taking my time to mull over some ideas and see what comes of it.”
To assist with the change, Garfoot has been working with the AOC’s Mentor Program, which links Olympic athletes with fellow Olympians and Australian business professionals who are now experts in their field, to coach them through the next stage of their life.
“I believe mentorship programs can prepare competing athletes for a life after their sporting career through giving them guided and valuable insights into work life,” Garfoot said.
James Edwards, Head of Community Engagement and Olympian Services at the AOC, said the Mentor Program assists Olympians as they transition to post-competition life.
“Australian Olympians contribute so much to their country, their community and their sport throughout their careers and we want to provide any support we can as they move into the next stage of their life,” Edwards said.
“We have terrific support from the Olympians Alumni around Australia who are very willing to help the next generation and we look forward to continuing to work with Katrin after her incredible career on the bike for Australia.”