Michael Shelley, Australian Commonwealth gold medallist and current reigning Commonwealth Marathon champion, is a true local from the Gold Coast. He caught up with another true local, Scott Whimpey, Director of First Aid Accident & Emergency (FAAE), who are the Official Defibrillator Supplier to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the pair spoke about the safety of athletes and the latest defibrillator being provided for official Games venues.
The two have known each other for over twenty years as Scott is also a keen runner and attended Miami State High School on the Gold Coast. During the Games, all athletes will have access to the best medical teams in the country, which includes the provision of 150 state of the art defibrillators across official Games venues.
As a local Gold Coast first aid and defibrillator specialist, First Aid Accident & Emergency were thrilled at the opportunity to help safeguard the Games.
“FAAE wanted to share the dream and became a Sponsor and Official Defibrillator Supplier to GC2018,“ says Scott. “We are very proud of our products and training we provide and are proud to put forward the LIFEPAC CR Plus Defibrillator as the AED of choice for GC2018.
“This device is durable, easy to use and above all saves lives in emergency situations,” Scott continued. “With the expert medical teams and these life-saving AEDs onsite, everyone involved in the Games should feel in safe hands, even Mick and the marathoners.”
Locals may see Michael running on the Coast as he is in the final stages of his marathon preparation and by all accounts is ready for the challenge. “I’ve really tried to maintain a consistent level of training in the build-up – the next couple of weeks I will focus on sharpening up for race day,” said Michael.
If you would like to offer some hometown support to one of our own here on the Gold Coast, get out and see the race – Michael Shelley races for Australia in the Marathon on 15th April. The course covers 42.2km and heads up and down the coast.