Choice of cy­cling pays off for for­mer triathlete

South Western Times - - Real Estate -

AS a young­ster com­pet­ing in triathlons, Court­land Wood dis­cov­ered he liked cy­cling more than the other two sports that com­prise the multi-stage event.

It was then he made the de­ci­sion to fo­cus solely on his favourite.

It proved a good move, with the Bus­sel­ton speed­ster since hav­ing risen through cy­cling’s ranks to com­pete on a na­tional ju­nior level.

The 15-year-old is part of the South West Academy of Sport’s lat­est in­take of promis­ing young ath­letes and will now ben­e­fit by be­ing part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s in­di­vid­ual ath­lete sup­port pro­gram.

The sup­port from SWAS will come in handy as the teen pre­pares for his first year rac­ing on the na­tional stage as an un­der-17.

Come Septem­ber, the rocket will take on the chal­lenge of com­pet­ing in the Cy­cling Aus­tralia Ju­nior Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Tas­ma­nia.

Over three days, Court­ney will put him­self to the test against a qual­ity field of rid­ers in time trial, road race and cri­terium events in the north west re­gion of the ap­ple isle.

“I’ll be aim­ing to learn how I com­pare to oth­ers in Aus­tralia,” Court­ney­said.

In the lead-up to mak­ing his de­but in the next age bracket at na­tion­als, the St Mary MacKil­lop Col­lege stu­dent will in­ten­sify his al­ready com­pre­hen­sive train­ing sched­ule.

As a SWAS schol­ar­ship holder, he’ll also have ac­cess to a long-list of sup­port ser­vices that aim to help young ath­letes lay the foun­da­tions for a long and re­ward­ing ca­reer in sport.

“Be­ing part of SWAS is go­ing to teach me the more men­tal side of the sport, not just the phys­i­cal,” he said.

Emerg­ing Bus­sel­ton cy­cling star and fresh SWAS re­cruit Court­land Wood will travel to Tas­ma­nia in Septem­ber to com­pete at the Cy­cling Aus­tralia Ju­nior Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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