Cyclist Kaarle McCulloch is a three times world champion of the Track Sprint. McCulloch won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics and has been with the NSW Institute of Sport for over ten years.

What role has the NSWIS played in your success?

NSWIS has been the most important system in my career. NSWIS first gave me the opportunity to prove myself as an up comer and when I returned back to my home state after 5years with the Nationals program they gave me the best staff and facilities to continue being the best at what I do. I really strongly believe that NSWIS is world class and I feel in no way at a disadvantage training here on my own away from the Cycling high performance program.

How do you find your Strength Within?

I think to be the best you need to be intrinsically motivated and tough. It’s not easy to stay at the top of a sport for more than 10years as I have and it takes courage I think to day in and day out back yourself and continue to push yourself. I find that strength through my support team, including my NSWIS coach Sean Eadie and also be reflecting on the things I have achieved to date.

What has been your proudest moment in your sport?

In 2015 I made my return to international racing after having more than a year rehabbing an injury. I won a bronze medal at the World Championships and it re confirmed for me that I was good enough.

What is the worst thing about being an elite athlete?

For me I think it’s the time between off season and on season. As a sprinter I spend more than 7months of my year preparing to race and it is a long time!

What is the best thing about being an elite athlete?

I love my lifestyle. I get to do what I am totally passionate about and travel the world and meet people who have similar ambitions as me. I also enjoy, as I have gotten older, inspiring our younger talent in any sport to be the best that they can be.