Kerrie Meares is back on track
KERRIE Meares is one of Rockhampton’s most prized athletes and now the Commonwealth Games Champion will roll back into her home town to where it all started.
The 28-year-old will make her way to the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome tonight for Rockhampton’s - and also one of Queensland’s - biggest track carnival, the CQU Rockhampton Cup on Wheels.
And although Meares will not put the locals to the test on her home track, she will act as the Ambassador of the two day event with the Women’s 15 lap Scratch race kicking-off the carnival at 6pm.
“The Rocky Cup is a pretty big carnival in Central Queensland and there are a lot of people coming through with a lot of talent in track cycling, which is a great thing for the future of the sport,” Meares said.
“I am going to do some hosting but also I am going to go out and mingle with other athletes and juniors.”
Meares said she was always happy to come back home and is excited for the two day carnival.
Meares and her Olympic gold medallist sister Anna both started to build their strength in Rockhampton after delving in the sport of BMX about 15 years ago.
The pair have racked up more than eight major championships between them, on both national and international levels, in 2009 alone.
But the siblings’ talent isn’t a one off in Rockhampton.
Rockhampton has been the birth of a number of speed machines who have stormed up recent carnivals to leave other regions aware of the strength of our athletes.
Meares admitted that the success between herself and Anna may have inspired many young cyclists to go the distance.
“Obviously the facilities and the coaching environment in Rockhampton helped Anna and I a lot in our careers and it is doing the same thing for a lot of the athletes now,” Meares said.
“I guess Anna and I can only help the juniors with the things they need help with, give them inspiration, motivation and aid them a bit further in their career.”
In 2009 Meares won the sprint and team sprint event at the Oceania Championships and also collected the keirin and team sprint events at the Australian Track Championships.
But despite her success Meares said she will take this season off. Her younger sister will lead in for a big year.
Anna Meares capped off 2009 in a strong form when she won the team sprint event for both the World Championships and the Track World Cup. She also took out first place for both the sprint and time trial at the Australian Championships.
The Rockhampton Cup on Wheels starts tonight at 6pm and on Saturday night at 4pm with finals on at about 8.30.