Year Awarded: 2009
Sport: Cycling
Scholarship Holders

Josephine Tomic - Cycling

Josephine has shown an impressive record in the sport of cycling over the last four years, including becoming Triple World Junior Champion in 2007, and now World Champion in 2009.

Josie has won multiple junior Australian titles, set Australian junior records and attained triple gold at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January 2007. Josie won four junior national championships on both road and track cycling in 2007, narrowly missing a world record time in one event.

In what has been a most outstanding result at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships staged in Pruszkow, Poland (25 to 29 March 2009), Josie won the inaugural Women's Omnium title adding to the Bronze she received in the women's Team Pursuit, and 5th place in the Individual Pursuit.

Josie's record has also included 2 wins at the Oceania track championships in Adelaide in early November 2008, and silver in the 3000m Individual Pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup held in Melbourne in late November 2008.

In 2009 Josie won the Under 23 title at the Mars Australia Elite Women's Individual Road Time Trial at the Australian Open Road Championships held in Ballarat in early January, just days after after finishing second in the five day Jayco Bay Criterium Series.

Josie has achieved the highest level as a junior competitor and has demonstrated the commitment, maturity and talent to progress to the highest level in open competition. She is a most dedicated and disciplined athlete and is considered very likely to be selected in Australian Senior teams in the 2009-2012 period.

Josie, despite her commitment to cycling has maintained a high level of focus with her academic studies, achieving excellent results, and she is an excellent role model to upcoming young athletes.

Mentor:  Rechelle Hawkes AM
Hero:  David 'Charlie' Walsh OAM

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