North Fremantle rider shares personal story with Wagin students

Kate Annear (Nth Fremantle) in Narrogin Picture: Andrew Ritchie   d492039
Kate Annear (Nth Fremantle) in Narrogin Picture: Andrew Ritchie d492039

NORTH Fremantle cyclist Kate Annear (27) was just 1km from Narrogin on day three of the 2019 Ride for Youth when she hit the ground.

Her peloton had managed nearly three days without a fall when on Thursday another rider lost balance crossing a railway line, causing her to fall.

But the minor incident hasn’t dampened her spirits during her second Ride for Youth, which raises money for Youth Focus.

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Mim Hedges (22) and Kate Annear the youngest rides in the group out front of the team in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth charity event Picture: Andrew Ritchie d491419

Ms Annear shared her story of anxiety and depression at a Wagin school earlier that day.

“I spoke to them about how I thought it was never going to go away and thought that was how life was going to be,” she said.

“But I got help and went from not being able to do simple things to waking up at 4.30am in the morning and going to training.”

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L-R Ash Holtmeulen (Bedford), Paul Reilly (Bassendean), Jennelle Stubberfield (Orange Grove), Mark Pugsley (Floreat), Bob Myles (Beechboro),Jacinta Wandel (Wembley), Richard Goggart (Cottesloe) and Karen Brown (Mt Lawley) gearing up for Hawaiian Ride for Youth Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488770

One student nervously asked for advice on seeking help without telling her parents.

Ms Annear said even if she hadn’t helped students that day, she hoped they would remember her talk if they needed support in the future.