Rebeccas riding her way to success
REBECCA Stevenson has her eyes set on the Rio Olympics in 2016 and has proven she is on the right track for that success.
Last Friday the ex-Rockhampton cyclist was named one of the 15 Rising Stars in Queensland Women’s Sport after her cycling career turned a corner into the fast lane.
In February Stevenson had stepped up to the big league when she raced with Rockhampton’s Olympian, Anna Meares, in the National Track Championships.
Meares and Stevenson burst over the line for silver in the Elite Team Sprint behind Australia’s Emily Rosemond and Kerry Meares, who broke the Australian record.
“I was very excited to race with Anna since she is a world-record holder. I haven’t raced with her before so it was pretty big – I definitely look up to her,” Stevenson said.
In the same national championships the 17-year-old claimed a bronze medal in the under-19 keirin event.
“It was pretty close race as I had no idea there was just the three of us up the front,” she said.
“I was just concentrating on crossing the line and it didn’t matter where the others were.”
Next up on the cards for Stevenson is the NSW State Championships next week in Sydney and she hopes to claim an event.
“I hope to win my events (sprint, 500m time trial and keirin) – they are my three favourite events and what I am best at,” Stevenson said.
Although she has only been racing for two years, her confidence matches her skills and dedication.
“I haven’t had a break in the track season since I started,” she said.
“I want to keep improving and I am getting better with achieving PBs (personal bests) in training.”
After the NSW championships Stevenson will head north to Townsville for the Queensland State Championships.
And she has had success in state championships in 2008, where she claimed four gold medals in the Queensland Track Championships.
But Stevenson doesn’t just look a couple of months into the future; she has her whole career mapped out and it all starts in Sydney next week.
“After the state championships I hope to get into the state team for nationals in Adelaide in February, and then depending on how I go and if I medal, I would like then to be selected for the Junior World Team,” she said.
“I want to get selected for it, but it will be really hard as they only select one.”