Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Dr Bridie O’Donnell headshot
  • Category: Guest presenter
  • Job Title: Director
  • Organisation: Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Victoria
  • Country: Australia

Dr Bridie O’Donnell graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Queensland Medical School and won the J R S Lahz Prize for Most Outstanding Intern 1999. Between 2000 and 2006 she rowed, then competed in Ironman triathlon, finishing the Ironman Hawaii World Championships in 2006.

In 2007, she began road cycling and in 2008 after winning the National Time Trial title, she raced in the Australian National Team, and then Professional Italian teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships between 2008-2012.

Dr O’Donnell returned to full time work in 2013, starting at Epworth HealthCheck and teaching doctor-patient communication at Deakin University Medical School. In 2014, Bridie took on an inaugural role as a breast physician at the Epworth Breast Service.

In 2016, she broke the UCI Hour World Record at the Adelaide SuperDrome, riding 46.882km at sea level.

In November, 2017, Bridie was appointed the inaugural Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation by the Victorian Government and in 2018, her cycling memoir: “Life and Death” was published, detailing her experiences as a professional cyclist in Europe.

Read more about Bridie's ANZSOG journey