Martin-Wal­lace first fe­male to join academy

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THE fu­ture of women's cy­cling on the Sun­shine Coast looks promis­ing with teen tal­ent Alexandra Martin-Wal­lace join­ing the Aus­tralian Cy­cling Academy.

She’s the first fe­male to be of­fered a spot in the group, which al­ready boasts a high cal­i­bre list of the coun­try’s top male rid­ers.

With state-of-the-art equip­ment on of­fer at ACA’s home, at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast, Martin-Wal­lace was hope­ful the mile­stone could help take her rid­ing to the next level.

“They have a re­ally good fa­cil­i­ties here at the univer­sity and also just in gen­eral on the Sun­shine Coast as well, along with re­ally good sup­port teams,” she said.

“So, I’m just hop­ing to get a re­ally good base here train­ing-wise and build my­self up for some races.”

Martin-Wal­lace has had a solid start to the year, earn­ing a spot on the Aus­tralian team at­tend­ing the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships af­ter claim­ing plenty of ac­co­lades at the Track Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary.

With ACA now be­hind her, she was hope­ful of not only build­ing to a suc­cess­ful hit-out on the world stage but the black­top too.

“It’s great to be able to rep­re­sent the Sun­shine Coast and be­ing able to ride for such a great team and have all the sup­port,” she said.

“Hope­fully later in the year I’ll be able to go to away for NRS (Na­tional Road Se­ries) races and do some races there so that’s the main aim.”

ACA high per­for­mance di­rec­tor Stu­art Shaw hoped Martin-Wal­lace was the first of many fe­males to join the group in the fu­ture.

TEEN TAL­ENT: Alexandra Martin-Wal­lace.

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