A highly respected senior manager of international cycling events and with a background in tourism, Ms Heading brings to the role more than 10 years of hands-on experience with all aspects of the sport.
Highlights include her role as Sport Manager for Track Cycling at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Event Manager for the Santos Tour Down Under, Australia’s greatest cycling race and one of the most dynamic events on the UCI World Tour calendar. She was also seconded as a consultant on the newly formed Tour of Beijing from 2011-2013.
Her tourism background includes executive roles with Events South Australia, the events division of the South Australian Tourism Commission and her most recent role as Manager of City Activation at the City of Holdfast Bay.
Having worked with governments, local organising committees, event hosts and international and national sports federations, Ms. Heading is well qualified to step into the role of Head of Event Services and Operations to work closely with the UCI, AusCycling, NSW Government and Wollongong City Council to deliver a spectacular 2022 UCI Road World Championships.
Wollongong 2022 Limited CEO Stu Taggart said, “I’m excited to have Sally join the Wollongong 2022 management team. She brings a wealth of major international cycling event experience to her role which will be invaluable as we build a world class team to host the largest ever event to take place in Wollongong.”
As Head of Events Services and Operations for Wollongong 2022 Limited Sally Heading said she was looking forward to working hand in hand with the local community to deliver one of the world’s most important and prestigious events in 2022.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Wollongong 2022 team and am looking forward to working with our event partners and Wollongong locals to deliver a world class cycling festival that will create a lasting legacy for the community,” she said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only introduce the world of cycling to Wollongong, but more importantly showcase Wollongong to the world, by delivering an international festival of cycling. I am looking forward putting my foot to the pedal as quickly as possible to support the team.”
Sally will commence in early February and will be relocating from Adelaide to Wollongong for the role.
About the UCI Road World Championships
The UCI Road World Championships is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world. First held in 1921, the Championships span over 8 days and include the team time trial mixed relay, individual time trial and road race events.
UCI Road World Championships Key Facts
Number of competition days: 8
Number of athletes: 1,000
Officials & guests: 5,000
Media accreditations: 700
TV Viewers: 250 Million +
Full details and event schedule will be released in October 2021.