Alessia McCaig was awarded a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program and was paired with Matthew Mitcham OAM as her Mentor.
Alessia was born in Bendigo, Victoria and started cycling in 2012, as a 9-year-old, at the Bendigo and District Cycling Club where she remains as a member still to this day.
Alessia was exposed to cycling from a young age through her extended family’s involvement in the sport. She decided to give cycling a go when her older brother grew out of his bike.
In 2017, Alessia was selected in the Victorian state team to compete at her first Junior Track National Championships in Sydney. She placed fourth in majority of her events. This is where her determination to be on the podium, and her real passion and dedication for cycling began.
Alessia was once again selected for the 2018 Junior Track Nationals in Melbourne, where she excelled in just 12 months and won four gold and two silver and was crowned Champion of Champions in her age group.
Alessia’s success continued through 2019 and 2020 as a four-time National champion, four-time Australian record holder a Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship Holder.
From 2021/2022 Alessia is in the elite ranks and races against other elite athletes. She is striving towards AusCycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy, to represent Australia at multiple Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Cups.
Alessia’s aspirations outside of sport is to study chiropractic specialising in therapy for elite athletes and open her own practice. She has a desire to give back to the sport that has given her so much through coaching, volunteering and administration. Alternatively, through the media, such as promotion and commentating. She is a strong advocate in assisting young people, especially under privileged children, to be introduced in the sport that she is so passionate about, to help them become the best people they can be.
“I am extremely honoured and grateful to have received a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship. To be recognised by such a prestigious organisation is so special and makes me very proud to be an athlete. The one-on-one mentoring that I receive through this Scholarship will be invaluable and give me insight into what I may encounter in the future. Also, learning and speaking to someone like Matthew Mitcham that is outside my direct support system right at this moment, will be extremely useful, and help me to strive to achieve my goals.” – Alessia McCaig on being selected as a 2022 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.
“Trust the process, forget the result”
- 2018: Junior Track National Championships – 1st, Champion of Champions (overall best performer for U17)
- 2019: Junior Track National Championships – 1st, Champion of Champions (overall best performer for U17)
- 2019: Oceania Championships – 1st U19, time trial, team sprint, Broke the Oceania Championship record
- 2021: U19 and Elite National Championships – 1st, time trial, Broke own Australian record 34.354 seconds
- 2021: U19 and Elite National Championships – 1st, sprint, Broke a 27-year record 11.186 seconds in the qualification
- 2021: U19 and Elite National Championships – 1st, elite women team sprint
- 2019: Oceania Championships – 1st U19, time trial, team sprint
- 2019: 2 x U17 Women Australian Record Holder – team sprint and sprint
- 2020/2021: 2 x U19 Women Australian Record Holder – sprint and time trial
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