Dominance can only describe the current season the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) supported cyclists are putting together.
Six riders were fortunate enough to be selected as their age group’s NSW Cyclist of the Year but the success has kept coming with a mix of 15 former and current WRAS linked athletes selected for the NSW State Squad to race at the 2020 Cycling Australia Track National Championships in Brisbane
In the seventh year of the program since being reinstated back in 2014, Executive Officer of WRAS Candice Boggs says these achievements in the velodrome are some of the best WRAS has seen.
In total the cyclists claimed 36 medals across the combined Elite and Under 19 Track Championships (12 golds and 2 Silvers) and the combined Under 17s and Under 15s Track Championships (3 Golds, 10 Silvers and 9 Bronze).
Ms Boggs says what the athletes have accomplished is all a testament to not only themselves but to everyone involved in their rise.
“We are incredibly fortunate for the athlete’s local coaches Vaughn Eather (Dubbo) and Marian Renshaw (Bathurst) who work the with them on a weekly basis and prepare their training environment for peak performances at events like state and national championships,”
“And all that work was pretty evident, with our athletes regularly featuring on the podium which is just a testament and justification to all the hard work they put in every week,”
From the Elite Women’s section to the Under 15 Men’s division there is a mix of riders who will debut at Nationals while some of the older members will be considered veterans.
Kurt Eather will race for the sixth time in the championships first featuring in the state squad in 2015 while Tyler Puzicha and Kalinda Robinson will race in their fourth national championships.
“We are lucky with our athletes, every squad has very driven and successful athletes, but our cyclists this year keep going from strength to strength,”
Ebony Robinson, Xavier Bland and Cadel Lovett will all feature in their first Nationals.
Ms Boggs says the chance for the WRAS athletes to show what they can do on a national platform is so exciting for them and has every faith they will be suited to the championships.
‘All the work they do with their coaches at training has created a perfect opportunity for them to excel,”
“We are just excited for them to have these opportunities to showcase their talent and that of regional athletes at a national level,”
Coordinating Coach of the WRAS cycling program Vaughn Eather has also been selected as a coach for the fourth time and will join the state squad at Nationals. For a full list of the cyclists selected click here.
2019 NSW Cyclists of the Year Recipients:
Under-19 Men: Kurt Eather (Dubbo CC) joint winner
Under-19 Women: Eliza Bennett (Bathurst CC)
Under-17 Men: Daniel Barber (Dubbo CC)
Under-17 Women: Kalinda Robinson (Bathurst CC)
Under-15 Men: Benjamin Anderson (Orange CTC)
Under-13 Girls: Ebony Robinson (Bathurst CC)
List of Athletes selected in the 2020 NSW State Cycling Track Squad:
Elite Women (Endurance) – Emily Watts (Sydney Uni Velo Club) (Graduate of the program)
Elite Men (Endurance) – Kurt Eather (Dubbo CC) (High Performance Athlete)
Under 19 Women (Endurance) – Haylee Fuller (Dubbo CC)
Under 19 Women (Sprint) – Kalinda Robinson (Bathurst CC)
Under 19 Men (Endurance) – Dylan Eather (Dubbo CC) (High Performance Athlete)
Under 19 Men (Sprint) – Daniel Barber (Dubbo CC) (High Performance Athlete) and Daniel Googe (Bathurst CC)
Under 17 Women – Zara Fuller (Dubbo CC) and Tyler Puzicha (Bathurst CC)
Under 17 Men – Ben Anderson (Orange CTC) and Luke Tuckwell (Bathurst CC)
Under 15 Women – Ebony Robinson (Bathurst CC) and Isabelle Russell (Dubbo CC)
Under 15 Men – Xavier Bland (Orange CTC) and Cadel Lovett (Bathurst CC)