Inspirational Olympian and Businesswoman to speak at Support Group Coordinators’ Forum in Brisbane.
When we talk about Julie McDonald OAM it is easy to ask; why is she involved with Parkinson’s Queensland?
As we discovered, Julie has a deep connection to what it means to be a Person affected by Parkinson’s. She knows and appreciates the commitment required of a carer for a Person with Parkinson’s and her explanation as part of her life story may surprise. Julie understands the concentric ripple effect and impact of Parkinson’s. Her personal, charitable and business affiliations are inextricably linked to that understanding.
So, what about the person?
Since retiring from swimming, Julie has had a varied professional career but has now found her passion in helping people be the healthiest versions of themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.
A Melanoma survivor having had a stage 2 Melanoma removed from her back in 1997, she attributes the melanoma to years of intermittent sun exposure at swimming and surf carnivals as well as 6 treatments on a sun bed before her wedding in 1992. Julie is an advocate for prevention and is a former board member of Melanoma Patients Australia.
In swimming, Julie is a dual Olympian (1988 and 1992), a dual Commonwealth Games representative (1986 and 1990) a dual Pan Pacific Championship representative (1987 and 1989) and a dual World Championship participant (1986 and 1991).
Julie continues her association with sport as a member of the QLD Olympic Council Board as well as being the President of the QLD Olympians club.
Her stunning list of achievements and records can be found at http://juliemcdonaldoam.com/#about-julie
In her charitable life Julie is just as inspiring in her activity, commitment and quiet achievement. Among the latter are; an active committee member of the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation, fundraising for cancer research at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane; worked with the Queensland Olympic Council as a fundraising consultant; Presenter for the Australian Olympic Committee in their Drug Education Program; Runs a successful business, Mightymac Promotions, with Motivational and after Dinner Keynote presentations as well as Master of Ceremonies duties. MightyMac also has a division in Natural Medicine. She has helped raise funds for various charities /organizations such as: Nyngan Flood Relief, Queensland Cerebral Palsy Association, Qld Paralympic Committee, Buderim Mountain State School, Arthritis Foundation of Qld, NSW Cancer Council, Red Shield Appeal, Brisbane Swimming Association, Mater Children’s Hospital, Life Education Centres, Australian Kidney Foundation, Bluey Day, Australian Koala Foundation.
In June 2006 Julie was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Awards with an OAM for her services to Swimming, The Olympic Movement and Charities.
Julie took up a position as board member of Melanoma Patients Australia in 2008, raising much needed funds to host support meetings for sufferers of melanoma.
Julie’s passion is helping get people healthy on a cellular level and living life to their best potential.
Yes, Parkinson’s Queensland is indeed honoured to have Julie McDonald OAM speaking at its’ Support Group Coordinators’ Forum in Brisbane this weekend.