Two days ago, Australia announced its team for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling World Road Championships scheduled to get underway in a little over a week in Greenville, South Carolina. The thirteen strong team includes New South Wales riders C1 Jayme Richardson, B Matt Formston and pilot Michael Curran, and C4 Alexandra Green. The team’s Victorian riders include T2 Carol Cooke, C5 Michael Gallagher, C5 Alistair Donohoe, and H4 Stuart Tripp. The team’s two Western Australian riders include H3 Nigel Barley and H1 Craig Parsons. Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory are represented by one rider each, respectively C3 David Nicholas, T1 Bianca Woolford and C4 Sue Powell.
Cooke goes to Greenville looking to defend her pair of world titles in the Women’s Individual Time Trial T2 and Women’s Road Race T2. She also enters the competition as the reigning Paralympic gold medalist in the Mixed Time Trial T1–2. Originally from Canada where she worked as a police officer before making the move to Australia in 1994, she takes into the competition a wealth of competitive experience from other sports including swimming, triathlon and rowing.
Nicholas enters the competition as the two-time reigning C3 time trial world champion. Gallagher is looking to defend his title in the road race. Australian team members looking to improve on their finishes at the previous world championships include Powell, Barley and Donohoe who all won bronze medals last year.
The competition kicks off on August 28 and is scheduled to wrap up on September 1. Australia is hoping to improve on their performance at last year’s 2013 World Para-cycling Championships where Australia won nine medals, four gold and five bronze.