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Year Awarded: 2011
Sport: Cycling
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Ashlee Ankudinoff - Cycling

2010 has been a big year for 20 year NSW cyclist, Ashlee Ankudinoff. Ashlee started the year winning the Omnium at the Australian Track Championships in South Australia and then followed up with a 1st in the Points Race and the Team Pursuit at the Oceania Championships and then a lst in the the Team Pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships in Denmark. She was then selected in the Women's Track Endurance Team for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

Prior to 2010, Ashlee won both the Individual Pursuit and the Team Pursuit at the World Junior Track Championships in South Africa in 2008 and was a member of the Team Pursuit that took 3rd in the World Championships in Poland in 2009.

Ashlee participated in Little Athletics until she was 15 competing at many State Champs, played representative Hockey until she was 17 and at 15 was selected in the NSWIS Triathlon Development Squad and competed around Australia in the ITU Series. Part of the training for triathlon was competing in a few of the 2 day Road Cycling events and at one of these events Ashlee was approached by her now cycling coach Gary Sutton, who suggested she give cycling a go.

After much decision making she decided to concentrate on road cycling and in 2007 tried track cycling for the first time. In the 3 years Ashlee has made incredible progress - 2 time Junior World Champion in 2008 and Elite World Champion in 2010.

Ashlee is currently studying at the Australian College of Physical Education at Homebush and her ambition is to become a professional cyclist and to be a world champion.

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