One of the largest events on AusCycling’s domestic calendar is set to become even more inclusive with January’s Federation University Road National Championships welcoming new events for those within the transplant community.
The world-leading move follows the inclusion of races for cyclists with intellectual impairments and hearing impairments, across the last three years.
The coveted green and gold national champion’s jerseys will be on offer in time trial on Wednesday 12 January, while the road races will be contested on Saturday 15 January.
AusCycling has been working closely with organisations such as Sport Inclusion Australia and Transplant Australia to ensure all events are accessible to all athletes.
“AusCycling is committed to ensuring cycling is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, whether this is through riding at our grassroots clubs or racing at our National Championships,” said Kipp Kaufmann, AusCycling’s Executive General Manager of Sport.
“We are very proud and excited to be welcoming athletes from the transplant community in 2022 and
we look forward to watching all events continue to grow every year.”
Sport Inclusion Australia was established to aid the inclusion of people with an impairment, primarily an intellectual impairment, into the mainstream community using sport as the medium.
“AusCycling is one of the leading organisations in the world providing elite pathways for cyclists with an intellectual impairment,” said Robyn Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Inclusion Australia.
“Showcasing elite athletes with a disability in a prestigious event like the Road National Championships is a highlight of the year for many.”
Transplant Australia is a national charity which supports transplant recipients and encourages physical activity to increase survival rates in transplant recipients.
“Transplant Australia is delighted to partner with AusCycling to create an opportunity which will allow transplant recipients to complete in events around Australia beginning with the 2022 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat in January,” said Matty Hempstalk, National Membership Manager and Sports Administrator, Transplant Australia.
“This is an exciting time for our cyclists and a terrific way to kick off 2022, leading into the World Transplant Games, which will be held in Australia in Perth 2023.”
The AusCycling 2022 Federation University Road National Championships begins on Wednesday 12 January. It will feature live to air and online broadcast across SBS Australia, FoxSports Australia, and international broadcast partner the Global Cycling Network. Daily highlights packages will be available throughout via the AusCycling digital channels.