Rocky trio receives cycling accolades
CYCLING: Rockhampton-born David Nicholas has been named Cycling Queensland's International Cyclist of the Year.
The 24-year-old was one of three cyclists from the Beef Capital recognised at the awards ceremony held after the official opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome in Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler.
Quinn Cramer was named the women's Elite Track Cyclist and Brooke Tucker the women's Under-19 Track Cyclist.
Nicholas, who is now a member of the Mackay Cycling Club, received the prestigious award after placing second in the track pursuit at the Para-cycling Track World Championships and winning gold in the C3 individual pursuit at the Rio Olympic Games.
While 18-year-old Tucker has received similar accolades in the past, she said it was always an "absolute honour” to be recognised in such a way.
And what made it even more special was that she was able to attend the awards ceremony at the velodrome named after Central Queensland's cycling champion Anna Meares.
"It was amazing to see the velodrome for the first time,” Tucker said. "It's a beautiful venue and I don't think anyone is more deserving of the honour than Anna.”
Tucker competed at two national championships in 2016 and went on to represent Australia at the world titles in Switzerland.
She said her goal moving forward was to compete at Track Cycling World Cups.
The teenager has even more demands on her time now that she is working and studying medical science part-time at university.
But she is adamant she will always find time for cycling.
"I love it. I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it. It gives me a lot of direction and purpose as well,” she said.
"I am very goal orientated, I love to strive for something and cycling offers me new challenges.”