Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson leaves for Europe on Thursday to begin final preparations for the 2015 World Championships.
“It’s going to be really exciting – I have the world championships this year – so it’s going to be a good season for me,” Pearson said.
Pearson will travel to Europe twice before jetting off to Beijing in August for the Championships.
She says she’s more than ready for the challenge ahead.
“I’m always prepared. It’d be nice to get back on the podium again,” she said.
Pearson was in Brisbane on Monday to throw her weight behind the Brisbane Times City2South presented by Westpac, appearing at a ‘BEATcamp’ training session in Queen Street Mall to promote the event.
City2South has a strong emphasis on keeping fit but also serves to raise money for important charities.
“I think it’s great that people can get out and do fun runs like this – they can raise money for all their individual charities and also get out there, get fit and open their eyes to the world of exercise,” Pearson said.
Former Rugby star Tim Horan was also there to show his support for the event, but won’t exactly be going for a world championship time when the race begins on the 14th of June.
“After the injuries over my career I can only jog a K or two!” Horan said.
“I ran with my daughter last year and she beat me by about 5 metres. Hopefully we can turn that around this year!”
Besides a bit of friendly competition, Horan says staying active should be the main goal for all participants.
“You’re not there to run a marathon. When I train I just try and train so I can be mentally fit – I think you’re more productive at work, you’re more productive at home and you feel better within yourself, especially in relationships with your family and your kids,” he said.
Major sponsors Westpac have been using the event help fund the venerable Westpac Rescue Helicopters, with Horan being a key ambassador.
“It’s great that Westpac can support the run but also donate so much money to the Wespac Rescue Helicopters, which is pretty important when we spend so much time at the beach and out and about during our summer period,” Horan said.
Helicopter crewman Lewis Moes says the continued support of Westpac and the wider community is essential.
“We rely heavily on Westpac, the community and donations from them,” he said.
“It’s a great promotion to get people fit and healthy, and City2South put on a great event. We’re more than happy to be involved.”
You can sign up for the City2South competition via the website – www.city2south.com.au