Martin-Wallace first female to join academy
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.