Lismore Australian Day Ambassadors – The Echo
Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations, Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.
Kaarle was a medal-winning cyclist at the 2012 London Olympics and competed in two events at the 2020 Tokyo Games, while Kevin was a diver at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Mayor Steve Krieg said council was delighted to have Kaarle and Kevin as Australia Day ambassadors. ‘This Olympic duo have a long list of accomplishments to their name and we are honored to welcome them both as guests on the day, deliver Australia Day remarks and help present our 2022 Australia Day Awards.
Kaarle McCulloch cyclist
Kaarle McCulloch is a recently retired professional track sprint cyclist. With a career spanning 15 years, Kaarle has won many accolades during her career including Olympic Bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming 4 times World Champion, 21 Oceania Championships and 15 Australian Championships.
McCulloch’s personal highlight was winning gold in the 500m time trial at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Winning in front of her home crowd was a special moment that she will cherish for the rest of her life.
McCulloch has been active in sport in Australia advocating for the rights of all athletes and is a member of three separate Athlete Advisory Groups. The sport has come a long way since Kaarle’s early days and she has successfully helped champion equal pay and prizes on the track for women, while being a voice for all athletes. She now focuses on obtaining a teaching qualification and its ultimate ambition is to help young people reach their full potential, whether in sport, education or life in general.
Diver Kevin Chavez
Kevin Chavez was born in Mexico and started diving at the age of five. It was clear from an early age that he had a talent for sport and became world junior champion in 2010.
In 2014, he suffered a serious knee injury and it was thought he would not compete again. However, he had the opportunity to rehabilitate the injury in Australia and in 2015 he managed to rehabilitate the injury and started competing again.
Chavez started winning national competitions and he became an Australian citizen and competed for Australia. He jumped at the chance and in 2016 he achieved his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics.
In 2017, Chavez suffered another serious shoulder injury a week away from the 2017 World Championships. Although he recovered from his injury, he decided in 2020, when the Olympics were postponed, to focus on other areas of his life including training the next generation of diving stars and also applying for the Australian Defense Force.
The couple will be at tThe Australia Day 2022 Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 26 January at 9am at Lismore Town Hall.