Mats Frankl, the around-the-world rollerblader arrives in Coffs Harbour yesterday, with wife Lisa and sons Jakob and Noa.
Mats Frankl, the around-the-world rollerblader arrives in Coffs Harbour yesterday, with wife Lisa and sons Jakob and Noa.

Rollerblading for world peace

MATS Frankl is living his dream, rollerblading around the world in the name of peace.

The 43-year-old Swedish-Aussie gave up the daily grind to blade 4300km across Europe, and now he’s rolling through Australia.

Reaching Coffs Harbour yesterday, Mats was trailed by his support crew, wife Lisa and sons Jakob, 2, and Noa, 1, in their “Rollerpeace” campervan.

“This adventure, Rollerpeace, has been 15-years in the planning,” Mats said.

“I set out about six months ago to achieve what no-one ever has and rollerblade around the world.

Along the way he’s fundraising for the Red Cross to help victims of war.

“I see this journey as a way of raising awareness about the futility of war and helping innocent victims of conflict.

On an average day, Mats clocks up anywhere from 75 to 100 kilometres.

He says playing dad along the way is just as tough as the traffic, the hills and the distance.

“It’s a challenge travelling with children, under the age of two but we are giving it a go. There are no problems, only solutions,” he said.

Mats set off from Sydney on September 17 and plans to complete his 3000km journey in Cooktown, Queensland.

From there, his around the world quest should see him travel to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, America and New Zealand.

By the end of it, this rollerblading dad hopes to be in Sydney next November.



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