Cycling Australia To Continue Women’s Racing Subsidy

Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the continuation of the international race licence subsidy for qualifying female professional cyclists in 2015. The Cycling Australia Athlete?s Commission has recognised the need to reduce the financial barriers female cyclist face when competing internationally, and as such will continue to subsidise international racing licenses for eligible female professional cyclists in 2015. The initiative is aimed at encouraging more of Cycling Australia?s elite female cyclists to take up opportunities to race with professional teams overseas where they would otherwise be discouraged by the high cost of an international racing licence. The scheme, which was trialled in 2014, assisted eight female athletes to pay their license fees, including Kimberley Wells (ACT) and Sarah Roy (NSW). The pair have claimed the past three criterium national crowns between them, with Roy graduating to the professional peloton after signing with ORICA-AIS for 2015, while Wells recently joined the High5 Dream Team. Roy says without the support of the subsidy, she would never have realised her dream to race professionally in Europe. ?The license subsidy had a huge impact on me, allowing me to sign a contract with a French professional team. Before the scheme was announced, I was considering abandoning this dream, but I am very thankful for the support Cycling Australia provided?. Likewise, the Chair of the Athletes Commission Katherine Bates is pleased the subsidy is returning for a second year. “The Athletes Commission believes it is important that our female cyclists have every opportunity to gain international racing experience, and are pleased we can facilitate their development by renewing our commitment to the license subsidy scheme for another year,” said Bates, 2007 world champion, two-time Olympian and dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist. “We want to encourage more of our elite women to step up to international level, to have the chance to explore opportunities outside Australia, and we hope that this will have a flow-on effect to lifting the standard of domestic women?s racing” added Bates. The subsidy will operate for a twelve-month period beginning in January 2015 and will provide a 50% subsidy of an international licence fee. It will be available to elite women who satisfy all of the following criteria: (1) are racing in a professional team for a minimum period of one month in 2015; (2) receive a wage of less than $10,000 per annum; and (3) are personally responsible for bearing the cost of their international racing licence. Women who meet the above criteria and would like more information on the subsidy should contact the Cycling Australia Membership department via email or 02 9339 5800. Text via Cycling Australia Media Release

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