Mackenzie selected for the Glasgow UCI Cycling World Championships!
The Cycling Development Foundation is over the moon at this news, this is an achievement that’s been a long time coming and is a testament to Mackenzie as an athlete and as a person.
Mack will head to Scotland in August and is part of a three rider Australian under 19 women’s contingent.
“Being selected for the Australian team feels a bit surreal, but I am really looking forward to racing in Glasgow. It is a culmination of all that I have been learning over the past 3 years with the support of the Cycling Development Foundation & my coach Brad Hall and his team at EI. It’s been more than just pushing the pedals in races or pushing myself to limits I didn’t know I could do. The sessions in the gym are teaching me more than just riding my bike but also about what it takes to succeed off the bike too. This has given me many great opportunities and pathways and I’m really excited for the future.” – Mackenzie.
Mack’s journey to this point hasn’t been easy, and having strong family support in her corner has been instrumental in getting to Glasgow. Mum, Penny was obviously stoked with the news:
“We are so excited for Mackenzie’s selection to the Australian team for the World Championships in Glasgow. It has taken a full family juggling act to schedule in training sessions, racing & travel in between school, family & friend time. We wouldn’t be here without the amazing support we have received from the Cycling Development Foundation and her coach Brad Hall. Their commitment and belief in Mackenzie have helped get her where she is today, and we will be forever grateful of the opportunity’s she’s been given.”
Our director Brad Hall, who has also been directly involved with Mackenzie’s journey through the Exercise Institute said the following:
“To have Mackenzie announced as part of the AusCycling National Team for the UCI Glasgow World Championships this year is an incredible reward for Mackenzie’s hard work, determination and resilience as an athlete.
Mackenzie has transitioned through the Cycling Development Foundations Junior Cycling Academy into our National Road Racing team and has utilised 3 years of dedicated coaching and support through the junior, and into, senior programs.”
“ What this entails is personalised coaching, access to evidence based testing and training resources, all of which is bounded together with sport psychology principles around building resilience, self-determination, and social support. To this end Mackenzie is one of the first athletes to come through this junior-senior development pathway and benefit from our inhouse coaching-training systems for aspiring elite athletes.”
“Having worked with Mackenzie across this period, her application to task and execution at training is that of a corporate professional. She goes about her work with precision and dedication that is common in the corporate levels of business and indeed sport. To this end we feel sport is a fantastic extracurricular activity to hone ability to endure and engage in challenging environments, of which Mackenzie has been a master of procuring. Personally, it is just so rewarding to see her hard work come to fruition, and to see our program evidence its ability to support athletes wholistically. None of this would be possible without our partners and sponsors who offset the cost of athlete development and of course the incredible work ethic of an inspiring young women in Mackenzie.”
We’re so pumped for Mackenzie, this is so well deserved. We can’t wait to see her in action against the worlds best!
For more head to: AusCycling.org