Bates calls time on career

Posted on December 7, 2011 by

NSWIS cyclist Kate Bates announced her retirement today, ending the chance to compete at what would have been her third Olympics, the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Bates battled a hip injury over the past two years after an accident left her unable to ride. Following a successful return to the bike in 2011, which resulted in a silver medal at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, she then developed a back injury which has forced her from competition.

Despite her sudden departure from competitive racing, Bates will now move into a cycling management role which begins in January at the Jayco Bay International Criterium in Geelong.

Bates has been an NSWIS scholarship holder since the Institute’s inception in 1996. She won Commonwealth Games gold in 2006, world championship gold in 2007, world championship silver in 2011 and represented Australia at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The NSWIS would like to congratulate Kate on a fantastic career, and wish her all the best for the future.

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