TAFE Queensland staff will attempt to ‘Make Great Happen’ on two wheels at this year’s Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge (B2GC17).
What started out as a weekly social ride with workmates has morphed into a team enty for Queensland’s biggest one day bike ride, complete with a new custom designed kit to show TAFE Queensland’s commitment to promoting health and wellbeing, and bringing the state-wide organisation closer together.
Keen cyclist and TAFE Queensland Student Loans Manager Laura Massingham was the brains behind designing the kit.
“A few months ago, some of us decided to get together for a social River Loop one morning,” Ms Massingham said.
“We enjoyed it so much that it became a weekly ride, branching out into other ride routes around Brisbane, and we decided we should sign up for B2GC17 in October.
“A 100km event like this will give us something to work towards and really raises the awareness of cycling and the positive health benefits associated with it within our organisation.
“Ours is a group of mixed abilities and experience, so for some it will be their first 100km ride while others have done it before and are looking forward to doing the ride again,” she said.
TAFE Queensland Executive Director Robert Petherbridge would often join the group on their pre-work rides and after learning of their entry into B2GC17 is now helping them to look the part.
“It’s a great story of colleagues joining together and challenging themselves outside of their work environment to make great happen,” Mr Petherbridge said.
“The team are fantastic ambassadors for TAFE Queensland. Their involvement in this year’s B2GC17 is to be celebrated and there’s no better way for us to show our support than to organise TAFE Queensland jerseys, so they can ride as one.
“I also think it says a lot about the positive culture in our organisation that our staff are keen to wear the logo on their sleeves while they’re out on the bike,” he said.
“We put together a great kit design and are now taking orders from staff in most of our regions across Queensland,” Mr Petherbridge said.
“I love that our distinctive red ‘Q’ logo is going to be out there on Queensland roads,” he said.
B2GC17 holds special significance for TAFE Queensland as the event showcases the length and breadth of the organisation’s footprint across the state; starting one block away from TAFE Queensland’s South Bank campus and finishing a block away from its Southport campus. Notably, the ride will all pass by five TAFE Queensland campuses including the $26m state-of-the-art creative industry and IT training facilities at Coomera.
Keep an eye out for this keen group of TAFE Queensland colleagues on the South Bank starting line on Sunday 15 October.
For more information about the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge visit https://b2gc.com.au/