Nine cyclists have been selected to the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo, with eight road cyclists and a track endurance rider announced by the Australian Olympic Committee today.
Among those names is dual World Championship medallist and NSW Institute of Sport athlete Amanda Spratt, who returns for her third Games.
33-year-old Spratt is looking forward to the challenge of the hard Tokyo course in her third Olympics.
“We’ve got a really great team for Tokyo,” Spratt said.
“We’ve got a great road captain in Tiffany Cromwell, we’ve seen what Grace has been doing over in Europe and that youth of Sarah Gigante we’ve got a strong and well-rounded team that will really suit this course.”
“It’s such an honour to be selected for my third Olympic Games. That’s been over a 10-year period, as well, it’s something I’ve never complacent about. I’m really looking forward to being able to use what I’ve learned from those and really go there and performing Tokyo with a with a great team.”
Congratulations to @AmandaSpratt who has been named on the @AUSOlympicTeam for Tokyo! 💚💛 The #TeamNSWIS road cyclist will return for her third Olympics to compete in the Road Race 👏 pic.twitter.com/JVfJ40l9dd
— NSW Institute of Sport (@NSWIS) May 20, 2021
Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman welcomed today’s selections.
“Congratulations to all the cyclists selected today for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” Mr Chesterman said.
“The Team includes a vast array of experience and success at the highest levels, which will prove invaluable as they take on the best in the world in Tokyo.
“The road cyclists are all currently training and racing in challenging conditions around the world, and today’s selection is testament to the incredible effort and determination they have shown throughout their riding careers.
“While it’s a great day for the athletes, it’s also a day of celebration for the families, friends, supporters, teammates and coaches who have helped them achieve their Tokyo Olympic milestone. Thank you to Aus Cycling and all of the sport institutes who have helped train and develop these athletes to help bring the athletes to the level they are at today.
Today’s selection brings the number of selected athletes in the Australian Olympic Team to 111 of an expected 450-480.
Simon Jones, Performance Director at AusCycling welcomed today’s selections.
“I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge every rider who put their hand up for the Olympics.
“The selection process never gets easier and that’s because we have a strong and competitive team. For those who didn’t make the team this time; keep pushing – Paris is not far away.
“I’m immensely proud of the riders who will be representing Australia in Tokyo, and we are very excited to see how everyone in the team meets the challenge of what’s likely to be a unique Games experience.”