SA Young Australian of the Year
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Director, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.
Dr Bridie O'Donnell graduated Valedictorian from the University of QLD Medical School and was awarded the JRS Lahz prize for Most Outstanding Intern of the Year.
She competed as an elite rower and an Ironman triathlete while working as a junior doctor, and then gave up working full time to race in Europe as a professional cyclist in Europe and the US from 2008-2012, working part time every summer as an ICU Fellow and Orthopaedic assistant to fund her cycling career.
Bridie represented AUS three times at cycling world championships, and then returned home to Melbourne to work at the Epworth Hospital as a behaviour change physician. In 2016, she broke the UCI Women's Hour World Record riding 46.882km at sea level.
In 2017 Dr O'Donnell was appointed the inaugural head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and in 2018 she published 'Life and Death - a cycling memoir.'
Her role in the Victorian Government is leading the first office of its kind in Australia and directs investment into the community to level the playing field for women and girls in sport and recreation.
She is one subject way from completing her Master of Public Administration at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government through Melbourne Business School.
Bridie is currently on secondment as Executive Director of the Public Events Team in the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions a supporting the event industry in re-opening after the COVID-19 shutdown in Victoria.