Olympian is Australia Day Ambassador

Published on 11 January 2018

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Athletics superstar Steve Moneghetti AM loves Corangamite Shire so much he is returning to be our Australia Day Ambassador for the second year.

The marathon runner is a four-time Olympian, four-time Commonwealth Games and six-time World Championship competitor, and a former world record holder. He has won Berlin and Tokyo marathons and held World Bests for the half marathon on three occasions. 

He’s a qualified engineer and teacher and has served as personal development consultant with the Ministry of Education and as chair of the Victorian Review into Physical and Sport Education in Schools to improve the health of young Victorians.

He was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes. 

He will be Chef de Mission to the Australian team during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This will be the third time he has held this position.

Mr Moneghetti said the Australia Day event was about thanking the community for the work they do. "I enjoy catching up with regional people, like the people in Corangamite," he said. "They represent a lot of the positive attributes Australians demonstrate: hard work, commitment and community spirit.

Mr Moneghetti said he was looking forward to the ceremony at which five people would receive Australian citizenship. "Sometimes we underestimate what it means to be Australian," he said.

"When you see that ceremony, their emotion drives home how much it means to be an Australian."

Corangamite Shire Mayor Jo Beard said Mr Moneghetti would be most welcome at Council’s official Australia Day ceremony at Timboon on Friday 26 January.

“Steve Moneghetti is a household name in Australia and an inspiration to us all,” Cr Beard said. 

“His dedication has gone beyond what we know him for to administration, mentoring and being a great role model and inspiring motivational speaker.

 “It will be a great pleasure to welcome him to Timboon as we gather to celebrate all that’s great about Australia and the opportunities we have here to achieve in sport, education, community service and whatever field inspires our passion.”

Mr Moneghetti will make a keynote address at the Timboon Hall ahead of presentation of the 2018 Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year awards. Formalities will begin at 10 am.

The Timboon community will also be putting on a day of family fun following the Australia Day ceremony with markets, a petting zoo and music at Timboon playground from noon and a skate competition at the skate park from 2pm.