The Sunshine Coast based Australian Cycling Academy (ACA) has capped off a stellar first year of operation and have announced plans to launch a women’s elite NRS development team from its University of Sunshine Coast base.
Since launching in December 2017, the ACA-Ride Sunshine Coast Men’s Team has competed in 10 countries, recording 94 podium finishes and a remarkable 54 wins including Oceania titles at junior and senior level, multiple Commonwealth Games gold medals and a World Record.
Managing Director Ben Kersten said It has always been a priority of the ACA to launch a women’s team alongside the men’s team.
“We simply haven’t been in a financial position to make this happen but I can confirm that it is definitely on the radar and we are edging closer to this goal. The last few years have been really exciting for women’s sport in this country and it’s fantastic that the Australian community has recognised and embraced the quality of elite women’s talent.
“Our first female athlete, Sunshine Coast local Alex Martin-Wallace, was recently nominated as Australian Junior Cyclist of the year which indicates the depth of local talent.
There is real momentum and support there and we believe it’s the right time to harness that energy and bring the ACA’s women’s team program to life on the Sunshine Coast,” Ben said.
The ACA has recently launched an Australian Sports Foundation campaign to support the proposed women’s team launch where supporters or businesses can make a fully tax-deductible donation.
“Our focus is on ensuring that the ACA provides exactly the same opportunities for talented young female cyclists to achieve their goals both on and off the bike. To achieve this, we are actively seeking sponsorship and philanthropic support to successfully launch the women’s program. After successfully launching the men’s team this year, introducing a women’s team is now our main priority and we are working tirelessly on finding that sponsorship support,” Ben said.
Securing the necessary funding would secure a women’s team of 6 – 8 talented development level cyclists who will ride as the Women’s Sunshine Coast team on the National Road Series (NRS) across Australia.
“As a member of the ACA team, each athlete will be provided with a comprehensive development plan. They will live locally and train out of the team’s University of the Sunshine Coast base and have access to the University’s acclaimed high-performance training facilities.”
“Riders also receive a guaranteed offer of study at the University which is part of the team’s ethos of ‘Live, Learn, Ride’ where all riders are encouraged and provided opportunities in further study or education,” Ben added.
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For more information or to make a donation through the Australian Sports Foundation, please use the below links:
Project URL: https://asf.org.au/projects/australian-cycling-academy/campaign-to-launch-a-pro-racing-sunshine-coast-womens-team-in-2019/
Donation URL: https://asf.org.au/donate/australian-cycling-academy/campaign-to-launch-a-pro-racing-sunshine-coast-womens-team-in-2019/