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Cycling community gears up for Games assets

Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Sam Welsford

The dream of using the equipment of their athletic heroes is about to become a reality for those involved with Cycling Queensland.

Cyclists across Queensland will benefit from Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) assets gifted as part of the Embracing 2018 Sports Assets Legacy Program.

Cycling Queensland Business and Communication Manager Emily Rosemond said they were excited to receive racing equipment, electric motorbikes and training equipment that would benefit participants from grass roots to high performance level.

“The equipment will assist Cycling Queensland and our clubs to boost activities and participation numbers across a number of areas including development, events and facility utilisation,” Emily said.

“All Queensland regions will benefit, particularly when they run a State Championship event where equipment can be shared across the regions, reaching more than 7500 participants.

“The equipment will greatly advance our junior and high performance programs with their training activities.

“Being able to use this equipment within their training environments will help them progress from Queensland Academy of Sport Performance Programs through to National Track and Road Cycling Teams.”

Queensland’s first permanent indoor track cycling venue, the new Anna Meares Velodrome, will receive a share of the equipment to benefit clubs with training and racing initiatives and further Cycling Queensland’s legacy programs.

“The equipment will support programs set up to boost participation within the sport of track cycling, such as the Embracing 2018-funded Women on Track Cycling Program and our pathways programs,” Emily said. 

“It will also be used in the 'Clubs to Schools' Program and the state-wide development program, which aims to increase numbers and session opportunities for athletes, coaches and officials.

“We hope this world-class equipment will encourage more people to join the great sport of cycling and follow in our athlete’s footsteps.”

As part of the GC2018 Sports Assets Legacy Program, approximately 20,000 items of sporting equipment will be gifted to sporting organisations and communities throughout Queensland. Read more at www.embracing2018.com