Maeve Plouffe has been a successful recipient of a Tier 2 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Maeve is an Australian track endurance cyclist based in Adelaide, South Australia.
2020 has seen Maeve rapidly rise to the top of Australian sport, becoming the youngest Australian female track cyclist to be named on the team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
In the 2019-2020 season, Maeve was crowned three-time Australian elite national champion in the individual pursuit, team’s pursuit and madison. She was also crowned as the Oceania scratch race champion and won a World Cup gold in the women’s team pursuit.
Maeve currently holds the Australian record for the women’s team’s pursuit, and placed 4th and 10th respectively in the teams and individual pursuits at the 2020 UCI Elite Track World Championships.
Maeve represents a new wave of professional, young female athletes who not only excel in their chosen sports, but also in their academic pursuits as she is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws and Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology.
Maeve is balancing her studies while working towards her dream of achieving gold at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
Maeve speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“It is an honour to join the list of high achieving and admirable past SAHOF Scholarship Holders. As a young athlete, SAHOF is helping me kickstart my career and will assist me immensely in working towards my dream of gold in the 2021 Olympic Games.”
Sport: Cycling – Track Endurance
Disciplines: Teams Pursuit, Individual Pursuit, Omnium
First & Current Club: Port Adelaide CC
First started: 2014
Studying: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Marine Bio) (Eco)
Favourite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacriﬁce the gift”
Hero: In cycling, Chloe Dygart because she has achieved what I dream of achieving one day. In all sports, Libby Trickett because she inspired me as a kid to dream of the Olympic Games.
Pre-comp Routine: “A good high-carb breakfast, followed by a pre-start on the rollers to get the legs moving. Then, my quirky pre-race routine is to spend a good half an hour before I need to leave for the track to put on my makeup! It’s a bit of a different routine to other athletes so it makes my roommates laugh, but it has honestly turned into a legitimate strategy to relax and control my nerves. I put on my warmup music and focus only on the task at hand. Once I’m done, I feel conﬁdent, relaxed and ready to race!”
Aspirations after sport: Studying a double degree in law and science with a goal of either researching in the marine biology ﬁeld or working for an international organisation such as the UN around environmental law and policy.
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Snr Int: 4
Snr Nat: 1
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Team Track Pursuit, 5th
- 2020: UCI Elite Track World Championships – Team Pursuit, 4th
- 2020: UCI Elite Track World Championships – Individual Pursuit, 10th
- 2019: UCI Track World Cup, Brisbane – Teams Pursuit, 1st
- 2019: UCI Track World Cup, Cambridge – Teams Pursuit, 2nd
- 2019: Oceania Championships – Scratch Race, 1st
Last updated 23/09/2020