Meg Lemon - Cycling
As a child growing up in Brighton, I have always been involved in many sports – in fact I tried almost all sports including Aussie rules (in reception), cricket, hockey, lacrosse, netball and many more through reception to high school and beyond. I always loved team sports as it allowed me to develop great friendships and have fun being physically active. As I travelled with work, I found sport and physical activity as a way of making new friends and being involved in the community and culture. I have always loved the outdoors, especially the beach so it’s natural I progressed into cycling. I started cycling as a form of rehab from a motor vehicle accident and found it gave me a sense of freedom and purpose. I made the National Paracycling team (as a C4 classified athlete) in 2015 and made my international debut soon after. Since then, I have achieved nine national championships and a podium at every road and track event I have represented Australia in the past 5 years.
I am very passionate about encouraging young Australians to develop healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, from a young age to set them up for life.
The best thing about being a SASI Athlete
Being able to travel the world and experience different cultures, meet different people and do what I love – riding a bike
My favourite food to fuel me as an Athlete
Rokeby Farms Smoothies and banana bread
My favourite movie
My favourite colours
My sporting hero and why
Cathy Freeman – watching her win gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the nation behind her and showing Australians that anything is possible.
My Favourite possession
My bikes because they have allowed me to travel the world, make so many friends and rebuild my life
The sporting activity I most like performing
Riding my bike up hills with friends, enjoying the views, being in nature and forgetting about everything else
If I wasn’t doing my current sport I would like to be
Working interstate or overseas as either a dietitian or on a ski resort
The most important things in life
Being happy, spending time and having with friends and family and always keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you are up to!
My Ambassador Activity tip
Try a range of different sports or exercise to see which one/s you like best and get a friend or family member involved so you make it a social thing and always have fun
My favourite way to keep active
Going for a walk on the beach and dip in the ocean (when it’s not too cold!)
The sport I like watching the most
At the Olympics/Paralympics I love watching all the sports but I especially love any swimming meet that is televised – it’s nerve wracking!
What sporting success looks like
Never giving up, keep at it and you never know what is around the corner.