Riding For Ovarian Cancer Research
Hi, my name’s Jeff Collier and I’m from Murwillumbah in northern NSW. I have lived in the wonderful Tweed Valley for most of my life and I have been married to Cate for forty years.
We have four adult children and eight grandchildren who also live in the Tweed so there are plenty of family gatherings and celebrations.
I retired two years ago after a long and enjoyable career working and managing the local swimming pools for Tweed Shire Council. I now have more time to spend time with family, riding my bikes, helping out with community projects and just enjoying life at a slower pace.
I have always been involved with local sporting clubs and in particular the Murwillumbah Cycle Club and the Tweed Valley Triathletes. I managed to train and race while working full time for both road cycling and Olympic distance triathlon with my greatest success coming with winning the World Olympic Distance Age Group Championships in Auckland in 2012.
I am now happy to concentrate on gravel riding with some longer events thrown in to keep me motivated.
Although Cate and I have ridden our bikes all over the world, I have never been too Bright so when I heard about the Ride for Research I thought why not. It presented a great opportunity to support the scientific staff in the work that they do and ultimately females who may be diagnosed with this life-threatening cancer all while riding my bike with like- minded people.
My philosophy on life is always be generous, be grateful, show respect to other people, maintain good health through food and exercise, contribute to society, keep learning, nurture happy relationships and be confident in my own ability.
No doubt I will endeavor to maintain my fitness over the next few months in preparedness for the challenge ahead.
I love riding hills!