Meet the Team: Citadel-MAGNUS HRFY 2019

In March 2019, Team Citadel-MAGNUS will once again take on the gruelling 700km Hawaiian Ride For Youth to help de-stigmatize the topic of mental health, support the critical services of Youth Focus and build resilience in future generations of Australians.

Our Ride For Youth Team in 2019 will be captained by Citadel-MAGNUS Partner John Gardner, supported by King & Wood Mallesons Partner Nigel Hunt, BMG Resources’ Managing Director Bruce McCracken, Winston Capital’s Andrew Fairweather, Palo Alto Networks’ Manager Martin Harris and Image Resources’ General Manager Todd Colton.

The Riders have taken some time out of their vigorous training program to share a bit about themselves and what drew them to become involved in this life changing event, so settle in, meet the team and show your support for this worthy cause!

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Name: Bruce McCracken

Position and Company: Managing Director, BMG Resources Limited

Type of Bike (Make, model & colour): Colnago C60/ Matt carbon finish with white detail. Bellissimo!

 

THE IMPORTANT STUFF –

How many times have you participated in the Ride for Youth? On my second ride

Why the Ride for Youth? Any excuse to get on the bike! The real reason is to support the Youth Focus organisation and the wonderful work they do in helping our kids deal with mental health related issues. Also, growing up in country WA it’s fantastic to get out of the city and visit the country schools during ride week
Youth Focus talks about instilling resilience in our youth – who personifies resilience to you? Nelson Mandela. An extraordinary life story which exemplifies resilience in the face of adversity. It’s also a great tale of courage and forgiveness

What advice do you have for young people going through a tough time? You’re not alone. Don’t bottle up your problems whatever they are. Speak with someone you trust. There are people who can and will help – be it friends, family or the folk at Youth Focus. You’ll get through it. Just seek out some help.

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT YOU –

Where can we find you when you’re not at work or training for the Ride for Youth? Somewhere outdoors – mountain biking / skiing – when I can/ walking the dogs. Or alternatively snoozing on the couch – particularly just after the movie starts

What are you currently watching on Netflix? Suits. Or at least waiting for the next instalment

What song(s) do you know all the words to? I feel there are quite a few … but my family will claim I don’t know the words to any and just make it up as I go. There may be some truth in that

What was your first ever job? Working for CBH on the wheatbins during the Uni break in the country town where I grew up

Finish this sentence: ‘If I could have dinner with anyone in the world it would be…’ Ok, this is a little left field, and not technically in the world … but I’d go for dinner with someone on the space-station. That would mean I’m an astronaut for a day and could see the earth from above. Now that’d be something!

First cheat meal after completing the Ride for Youth? I’m not a big foody – so as long as there’s a cold beer involved I’ll be happy

To support Bruce and this great cause, please click here.


Name: John Gardner

Position and Company: Managing Director, Citadel-MAGNUS

Type of Bike (Make, model & colour): TREK, Madone Dura Ace 5.9

 

THE IMPORTANT STUFF –

How many times have you participated in the Ride for Youth? 2019 will be my 5th Ride.

Why the Ride for Youth? Initially it was all about the challenge of riding 700km, but once you get closer to the people involved and the cause, you realise that the Ride for Youth is actually a community on wheels, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of young Australians.

Youth Focus talks about instilling resilience in our youth – who personifies resilience to you? Brad Ness, Australian wheelchair basketballer and four-time Paralympian, is a great example of human resilience. He was a very talented sportsman, lost his leg in a boating accident and then found the strength of character to turn a dramatic negative into a life-changing positive.

What advice do you have for young people going through a tough time? Firstly, the tough times will pass, so hang in there and, secondly, keep believing in yourself.

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT YOU –

Where can we find you when you’re not at work or training for the Ride for Youth? With my three daughters and lovely wife… at the beach.

What are you currently watching on Netflix? Narcos (final series).

What is something you think everyone should do once in their lives? Play an instrument in a band.

What was your first ever job? Hungry Jacks, cooking the fries (and sampling them occasionally).

Finish this sentence: ‘If I could have dinner with anyone in the world it would be…Larry Mullen Jr’

First cheat meal after completing the Ride for Youth? Lamb and pesto linguine, with stacks of fresh parmesan cheese (and a side salad… haha!)

 

To support John and this great cause, please click here.

 


Name: Marty Harris

Position and Company: Regional Sales Manager WA, Palo Alto Networks

Type of Bike (Make, model & colour): Giant SLR – Black and Orange

 

THE IMPORTANT STUFF –

How many times have you participated in the Ride for Youth? This year will be my 3rd Ride for Youth ride and I have been a member of the mighty Citadel-MAGNUS for all.

Why the Ride for Youth? I had some challenges with depression when I was young. Navigating your emotions as a young person is hard enough without the burden of depression. I think the Youth Focus is an amazing charity and the cause is so important. I also love the ride week – it’s an amazing experience.

Youth Focus talks about instilling resilience in our youth – who personifies resilience to you? My beautiful Mum. She’s lost a husband and her youngest son, conquered an alcohol problem and her own mental health challenges, yet still walks through life with a big smile on her face!

What advice do you have for young people going through a tough time? Talk to people you love about what you are going through and seek professional advice. Sometimes life seems like it will never get any better. It does, but we all need support along the way.

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT YOU –

Where can we find you when you’re not at work or training for the Ride for Youth? With my amazing family and friends.

What are you currently watching on Netflix? Ozark: Season 2

What was your first ever job? Cook at KFC!

Any secret talents/party tricks? Sadly none

Finish this sentence: ‘If I could have dinner with anyone in the world it would be…’ Will Ferrell

First cheat meal after completing the Ride for Youth? Love a good burger or steak!

 

To support Marty and this great cause, please click here.