Teampresentatie Orica-AIS 2013
Geplaatst op maandag 21 januari 2013 om 08:19
The Australian Institute of Sport
(AIS) confirmed their support for Australian women's road cycling
at the launch of the 2013 ORICA-AIS team in Canberra. The members
of the ORICA-AIS team enjoyed a rousing reception at the AIS as
they were presented to the media and cycling supporters. AIS
Director Matt Favier said the partnership between ORICA-GreenEdge,
Cycling Australia and the AIS provides this team with a great
opportunity for success on the world stage. "When we
announced Australia's Winning Edge late last
year we set some ambitious but achievable targets for Australia's
international performance in world championships, Olympics,
Paralympics, and Commonwealth Games."
"We expect that both track and road
cycling will make a significant contribution to achieving those
goals and the ORICA- AIS team will play a leading role in
supporting our very best cyclists." "The squad is currently here in
camp at the AIS working with our sports scientists and other
support staff to ensure the best possible preparation prior to the
start of the 2013 season in the Tour of Qatar," Favier said.
The ten-member squad includes
recently crowned national road champion Gracie Elvin as well as
experienced international riders Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands - team
captain), Emma Johansson (Sweden), and Sungeun Gu (Republic of
ORICA - AIS Head Cycling Coach
Martin Barras is very excited about the three international
cyclists that have been included in his line up and the impact this
will have on developing Australia's next generation of champions.
"The international cyclists on our team are truly world class. Each
brings unique expertise to the team that will be shared with our
top Australian cyclists"
"I believe that the composition of
this team is well balanced giving us great tactical versatility for
the races," Barras said.
London Olympians Annette Edmondson
(Bronze medal) Shara Gillow, Melissa Hoskins, and Amanda Spratt are
in the squad with Tiffany Cromwell and Jessie Maclean completing
the impressive line-up of accomplished riders.
General Manager ORICA-GreenEdge
Shayne Bannan confirmed they were extremely proud of this
"The women's team had a dream
debut last year and everything looks to be set up for another great
year. We're really keen to be part of developing the talented
Australian riders and having them next to some of the most
experienced international athletes is a great asset"
Cycling Australia's Performance
Director Kevin Tabotta said the partnership between
ORICA-GreenEDGE, the AIS and Cycling Australia in supporting an
Australian professional women's team has taken years to put
together but the outcome for cycling in Australia has been worth
"ORICA-AIS have exceeded
expectations during their first year on the world circuit in 2012,
with more than 20 victories plus a silver medal in the
Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships.
"The team has really heightened the
profile of women's cycling in Australia and has extended the elite
athlete pathway. This team combines experienced team management,
expert coaching and excellent sport science and sports medicine - a
well-designed leadership and support team from Cycling Australia
and the AIS. ORICA-AIS includes some of the best international
riders in the world who work with us to provide our young
Australian riders with the best guidance and mentorship
available. In this program we can already see the positive
impact the international cyclists are having on the young
Australian cyclists' development," Mr Tabotta said.
Cycling Australia, ORICA-GreenEDGE
and the AIS are pleased to partner in this team and support
Australian Cycling. The Australian Government is a proud supporter
of cycling investing $6.9 million for high performance cycling
programs in 2012-13.
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