Our Heros

We think having heroes is pretty important so we’ve got a few that we’d like to tell you about. These people are living, breathing examples of LaunchPad’s values and have come on board in different ways to help us spread the word. Read on people…

Lydia Lassila

Lydia Lassila (born 17 January 1982, in Melbourne) is an Australian Olympic freestyle skier and gold medalist who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. On 20 October 2010, Lydia was awarded by the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame the prestigious The Don award, recognising her ability to inspire as well as her achievements during 2010.

Here's what Lydia reckons...

"LaunchPad is a great initiative. It's awesome to see kids have a great time through movement and fun activities and at the same time, they get a chance to explore and challenge themselves. After all, that's what kids are meant to do!"

Check Lydia out in our LaunchPad clip!

Learn more about Lydia and connect with her through the links below:


Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell (born 23 July 1991, in Subiaco, Western Australia) is an Australian artistic gymnast. She is the 2010 World Champion on floor and the 2009 World Championships silver medalist on balance beam and floor. Mitchell is only the second Australian woman gymnast to win medals at a World Championships, and the first to win gold. She currently trains at the Western Australian Institute of Sport and is studying for a degree in biomedical science at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle campus. Lauren will represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Lauren, alongside Thomas, helped to launch LaunchPad on June 18th, 2012.

Show Lauren some 'like' on her Facebook page.


Thomas Pichler

Thomas Pichler (born 18th September 1986 in Vorarlberg, Austria) moved to Australia with his family when he was five and a half years old. Thomas is a dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. He lives in Brisbane, QLD and holds a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Management. Thomas, alongside Lauren, helped to launch LaunchPad on June 18th 2012.

Check out Thomas' website and show him some 'liking' on his Facebook page.