20-year-old Victorian Georgia Powning has taken out the inaugural National Championship for the category of “cyclists with an intellectual impairment”. Preston Cycling Club’s Powning edged out fellow Victorians Chloe Turner by 1min 39.2sec, with Montana Whiteley rounding out the podium.
When asked how it felt Powning said: “It feels pretty good, I feel happy inside and feel really proud. It’s really exciting”
The up and coming rider represented Australia on the world stage in two sports at the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane, finishing just off the podium in fourth in the cycling, whilst scored a bronze in the running.
When asked how she found the course was for the National Championship, Downing said: “It was good, very tough, very hilly but I kept changing my gear and staying out of my saddle and just pushing my legs along.”
Brunswick Cycling Club’s Nathan Broeren took out the men’s title, beating home Harry Mezger in a margin of 2mins11.8secs. Andre Ascui secured an all Victorian podium as he took home the bronze medal.
When asked how it felt, Broeren quipped: “It’s always good to win something, I’ve been waiting for it all year. It’s very good that [this category] is included in the Road Nationals, so I’m very happy.
“I’ve only been a Brunswick member for a year now and they’ve been great to me, so I look forward to showing them [the medal]”.
Result: Men Intellectually Impaired
1. Nathan BROEREN (AUS)
2. Harry MEZGER (AUS)
3. Andre ASCUI (AUS)
Result: Women Intellectually Impaired
1. Georgia POWNING (AUS)
2. Chloe TURNER (AUS)
3. Montana WHITELEY (AUS)