Walking ambassadors

Walking ambassadors

Olympic walkers urge people to walk more

When race-walker Jane Saville was disqualified moments before winning gold at the Sydney Olympics, most Aussies thought she'd hang up her walking shoes. But 15 years, 4 Olympic Games and 3  children later, Jane has never been more excited about walking.

"Walking is hands down the best way to see our beautiful city. Best of all, it's completely free," Jane says.

Together with sister and fellow Olympic walker Natalie, Jane is urging all Sydneysiders to follow her lead.

"You don't need to be an Olympic athlete to walk around Sydney. Whether you're walking to work, getting some exercise or exploring Sydney, everyone can fit it into their daily routine," Jane says.

"Walking is the best, and often fastest way, to commute for anyone who lives within 5 kilometres of their workplace," she says.

"And if you live further away, you can simply get off the bus or train a few stops early and walk from there. It's easy and makes sense. You don't have to pound the pavement for hours," Natalie adds. 

"People who walk are not only happier, they're generally more efficient and productive … and businesses know this because every new building in the CBD is adding end of trip facilities like showers, lockers and towels for staff who walk and ride to work. They're not adding car parking spaces."

Natalie has 1 child with another on the way. She says walking is accessible, no matter what stage you are in life.

"When I had my first child, I was nervous about getting out with him. But I made a conscious effort to go out for a walk every morning and suddenly, I found I was much more comfortable and pretty soon all the baby weight was gone!"

Jane and Natalie (pictured above) count Woolloomooloo, Mrs Macquarie's Point and the Glebe foreshore as some of their favourite Sydney walks.

Jane and Natalie Saville are City of Sydney Walking Ambassadors.

Last updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2016