Cyclist, massage volunteer celebrate wedding anniversary during Ride for Youth

Matt and Lynda Gibbs (Applecross). Husband and wife team. Matt is cylcing and Lynda support crew. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d492039
Matt and Lynda Gibbs (Applecross). Husband and wife team. Matt is cylcing and Lynda support crew. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492039

MATT and Lynda Gibbs had only been dating for three months when Lynda volunteered as a massage therapist for her first Ride for Youth seven years ago.

On Thursday, the couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary with their Wheatbelt peloton and crew.

Matt joined Lynda as a volunteer on the ride in 2016 and 2017 but this year was part of the team of cyclists that is riding 700km from Albany to Perth to raise money for Youth Focus, where the novice cyclist volunteers as a mentor.

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The 31-year-old also shared his story of anxiety and depression for the first time at Gnowangerup District High School.

“My family had difficulties with depression growing up and I had difficulties during uni,” Matt said.

“What I liked was the kids were really fidgety when we got there but as soon as I started talking they were really engaged.”

Later than night, a kitchen worker at the training facility where the peloton and crew was staying told Matt he had picked up his 11-year-old daughter from school that afternoon and she talked about the Ride for Youth presentation.

“He told me that what I said that day had really got through,” Matt said.

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Lynda, an occupational therapist, said she supported Ride for Youth because she knew how important early intervention was for young people suffering from anxiety and depression.

“I’ve experienced some mental health issues myself and had friends and family experience difficulties,” she said.