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Young Coffs Cyclist secures Federal grant, off to train and race in Europe

Fresh from securing support from the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program, Coffs Coast junior cyclist Will McClennon is off to train and race with a professional squad in Europe for six weeks.

Will was recently awarded a $500 Local Sporting Champions grant to help with the costs of attending the Australian Track Cycling Titles in Sydney. 

“Will absolutely fits the criteria of being a local sporting champion,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“He’s put in a huge amount of work to develop his fitness and skills, and he is considered one of Australia’s most promising junior cyclists.

“He trains six days a week, often starting training rides on our local hills and mountains before 5am. He also has regular sessions with his personal trainer, Philip Atkinson of Results PT Studio in Coffs Harbour, to build the explosive power needed to finish races ahead of the pack.

“Will’s achievements have been recognized with an invitation to spend six weeks with a professional development squad in Europe. He is departing for Belgium on Saturday, and will spend his time training and racing with some of the most promising young cyclists in the world.

“Will’s parents have been instrumental in his success. He says his dad has done around 65,000km over the last two years to help him reach his goals.

“On behalf of the whole Coffs Coast community, I wish him well for his time overseas!”

Local Sporting Champions provides small grants to help junior athletes and teams attend state, national, or international championship events. Information about the program is available from the Australian Sports Commission (www.ausport.gov.au). 

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