Gaviria wins again in China; Welsford, Moran best in Gippsland: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 21, 2017

Fernando Gaviria doubles up at the Tour of Guangxi, extends overall lead; Welsford wins again in Gippsland, Moran best in women’s race; Broeckx continuing to amaze in recovery from brain injury; Doctor under investigation in Sky scandal resigns amid talk of poor health; Young French rider killed in accident at Tour of New Caledonia; Bardiani-CSF team may escape suspension despite a third rider testing positive; UCI President: One-day La Course is ‘not enough’; Simon Yates on 2018 Tour route: ‘I would prefer the climbs to arrive earlier’; Victoria sets up Office for Women in Sport, cyclist Bridie O’Donnell to head; Video: Taiwan KOM Challenge from the view of Cadel Evans; Video: Contador gets warm welcome from fans in Japan

Victoria sets up Office for Women in Sport, cyclist Bridie O’Donnell to head

by Simone Giuliani

Australian cyclist and former UCI world hour record holder Bridie O’Donnell has been appointed as head of Victoria’s first Office for Women in Sport.

The office has been set up with the aim of delivering a more female-friendly sporting environment, boosting participation and creating more leadership opportunities in sport for women.

“Her extensive experience in elite sport makes her the perfect leader to improve gender equality and make sure the next generation of women and girls are free to play on an equal field.” said Victorian minister for sport John Eren.

O’Donnell had been combining high level cycling with her work as physician, even squeezing in the new challenge of riding on the track in order to take on a successful attempt at the women’s UCi world hour record at the start of 2016. She has also represented Australia at three World Championships in cycling, is a seven-time national rowing champion and races in and manages the Rush women’s cycling team.

“I cannot wait to get on with changing the face of sport and recreation so that women and girls can see a future in sport that welcomes their skills, passion and participation,” said O’Donnell.