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Mitsubishi Helps Katie Get on Track for Beijing Olympics - (Australia)

August 8th, 2008

Cyclist Katie Mactier will now be able to spend some time travelling on four wheels instead of two, thanks to individual sponsorship from Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL).

Olympic corporate sponsors, MMAL, have furthered their commitment to the Australian Olympic team by nominating seven athletes to individually sponsor up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Katie Mactier is one of Mitsubishi’s sponsored athletes, and will receive the use of a new Outlander for 12 months – complete with roof rack to transport her bike.

The Outlander’s Active Stability Control with Traction Control (ASTC) system, stylish exterior, spacious interior and a wide range of additional features makes this the perfect compact crossover SUV.

President and chief executive officer of MMAL, Robert McEniry is honoured to help Katie realise her Olympic dream.

“The new Outlander is perfect for Katie’s needs as she trains and prepares for Beijing. Mitsubishi hopes that this brand new Outlander goes a long way to helping her on the road to the Olympics,” said McEniry.

Katie came into professional cycling almost by accident. She had always participated in triathlons for personal fitness, but then at age 24 the professional advertising executive entered her first cycling race on a whim.

She may have broken her collarbone in that first race, but Katie proved to be a determined athlete and developed her technique. She began with road racing, and was soon taking titles in Australia and overseas.

In 2003, she turned her attention to track cycling, and mere months later, finished second in the individual pursuit at the World Championships.
One year later, Katie broke the world record in the Olympic semi-finals at Athens, and went on to win the silver medal. The 2006 Commonwealth Games saw her take out the gold.

Recently, at the World Championships in Manchester, Katie placed third in the 3000 metres individual pursuit, and now hopes to add Olympic gold to her collection.

“I don’t think anything’s quite as amazing as the Olympics. If Beijing is anything like Athens, it will be magical. I can’t wait,” said Katie.

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