BQ Ambassadors

Michael Walsh, Director-General, Queensland Health

In his role as Director-General of Queensland Health, Michael Walsh has overarching responsibility for about 90,000 staff and a hospital system servicing nearly five million people.

Michael has a fierce passion for health and fitness and is a well-known cyclist on the Sunshine Coast circuit where he lives.

Bicycle Queensland’s partnership with Michael will help to deliver on our goal to improve the health of Queenslanders through bike riding.

Queensland Health DG Michael Walsh with Team BQ.

Kate Lutkins, Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s League

Kate Lutkins is a rising star of the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s League and was voted club Best and Fairest in 2018. She is an Officer in the Australian Defence Force and has also represented Queensland and Australia in Futsal.

Kate is passionate about empowering women of all ages and abilities to get into sport.

Bicycle Queensland’s collaboration with Kate will help to deliver on our goal to increase rates of Queensland women who ride bicycles on a weekly basis from 12 per cent today to 20 per cent by 2020.

Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage with rising star of the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s League Kate Lutkins.

John Bryant, Mental Health Advocate, Cyclist & Paralegal

At just 26 years of age, John Bryant is making a massive difference for those in the community affected by mental health conditions – towards the vision of empowering others to achieve their best possible mental health.

He is honouring his father Andrew’s legacy. Andrew was a generous and caring Doctor and family man, and a very enthusiastic cyclist. After a silent struggle with depression, Andrew took his own life in May 2017.

With a degree in law and journalism from UQ, John works with leading Australian law firm Cooper Grace Ward and devotes much of his personal time to supporting organisations such as beyondblue – participating in events such as the Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.

John is passionate about helping us share the message that bike riding can help to strengthen social bonds and provide support for those who may be struggling with their mental health.

We were honoured when John accepted our invitation to become a Bicycle Queensland Ambassador and look forward to supporting his professional and personal endeavours into the future.

For information about sponsoring John in one of our events and donating to beyondblue, give us a call on 3844 1144 or email us via bqinfo@bq.org.au

John – you’re an inspiration!

Here’s John with his father, and hero, Andrew at the Tour de France in 2015.

Addison Houslip, Student, Athlete, Cyclist & Aspiring Ninja Warrior

At only nine years old, Addie Houslip has her sights firmly set on making a difference.

A swimming, cross-country, and athletics age champion, her goal is to compete for Australia in the 2028 Paris Triathlon.

Addie is also an academic achiever and spirited member of her school community, passionate about helping kids to reach their full potential through health and physical activity, with determination and discipline well beyond her years.

When she’s not out training for her next tri, she is learning the saxophone and working hard towards one day being able to study medicine and become an anaesthetist. As soon as she’s old enough she also plans to compete in Ninja Warrior.

BQ has selected Addie as an Ambassador in recognition of her inspiring outlook and the alignment of her values with ours. She is passionate about pursuing her dreams and motivating other young Queenslanders along the way, with a smile as fierce as her stride.

We’re proud to call Addie an Ambassador and friend – we can’t wait to cheer her on.

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