McCaig motors to March award

April 19, 2024 BY

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CYCLING champion Alessia McCaig is the March winner in Bendigo’s Sports Star of the Year award.

The gun track cyclist was in top form at Cycling Australia’s national titles on Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.

A multiple finalist in Sports Star of the Year, Alessia won the elite women’s keirin for the second year in a row and also ruled the sprint and time trial showdowns.

The keirin was a huge upset as Alessia beat Kristina Clonan who had dominated most of the women’s sprinting contests the previous three years.

Alessia warmed up for the nationals by winning four medals at the Oceania titles in Cambridge, New Zealand.

A great run included gold in

the team sprint, silver in the

kierin, and bronze in the sprint and time trial.

Alessia competed at the 50th Bendigo International Madison carnival in March and reached the Agnico Fosterville Gold Mine-backed Golden Mile Wheelrace final.

Alessia joins Blake Agnoletto who won the under-23 criterium at the national road titles in January as a monthly winner in the ’24 awards.

Latest scholarship recipient was netballer Ollie Ryan.

The teenager was selected in Victoria’s Under-17 team for this month’s national championships.

Ollie and his teammates in the Big V struck gold.

An outstanding final at Nissan Arena in Brisbane ended in a 62-61 victory for Victoria against South Australia.

A training partner with Bendigo Strikers, Ollie also earned selection in the All Star Seven for the Under-17s at the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association national titles.