Up­grade puts elite cy­cling back on track

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

PERTH SpeedDome has been given a new lease of life with a $2.5 mil­lion State Govern­ment re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion de­liv­er­ing a new velo­drome and ma­jor facelift to WA’s home of elite track cy­cling.

Host of the pres­ti­gious 1997 UCI World Track Cham­pi­onships, the up­grades will en­able the SpeedDome to once again ac­com­mo­date top state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cy­cling meets.

The SpeedDome, which opened in 1989, is the home of the suc­cess­ful WA In­sti­tute of Sport cy­cling pro­gram and has pro­duced some of the state’s great­est cy­cling cham­pi­ons.

Paul Clo­hessy won a gold and bronze medal at the 2000 Syd­ney Par­a­lympic Games for men’s tan­dem cy­cling, while Sam Wels­ford and Melissa Hoskins com­peted at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with Wels­ford pick­ing up a sil­ver medal in the team pur­suit.

Perth SpeedDome also hosts a range of grass­roots roller sports in­clud­ing in­line hockey, roller derby and artis­tic skat­ing as well as com­mu­nity weightlift­ing and mar­tial arts. Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray said the new track and facelift would al­low Perth SpeedDome to once again at­tract top na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cy­cling meets to WA.

“Track cy­cling is a sport Aus­tralia prides it­self on at the elite level and th­ese up­grades will en­sure our next gen­er­a­tion of cham­pi­ons have a high class train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion fa­cil­ity in their back­yard,” he said.

“With the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics ap­proach­ing, it is es­pe­cially timely that we have a new high­qual­ity track.

“The new track and up­graded fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide an ideal op­por­tu­nity for us and cy­cling groups to pro­mote the sport and en­cour­age more mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to join their lo­cal track cy­cling club.”

Sport and Rec Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray with WAIS cy­clists Ben Young and Ri­hana Pezaj.

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