Oliver ‘Oli’ Moran is a BMX rider and a recipient of a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, and has been paired with SAHOF Member and Grand Tour cyclist Bradley McGee OAM as his Mentor.
Oli was born in Forster, on the NSW mid north coast in 2002, and fell in love with BMX riding in 2008 at the Manning Valley BMX Club as a six-year-old. He is now a four-time national champion.
Oli won his first age group championship in 2010 and he retained the title in 2011 and 2012. He also claimed his first national championship in 2010 and would repeat the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2017.
Having tasted success at junior level, Oli tested himself against senior opposition and won gold in the Open category at the 2018 NSW State Championships, where he also won the U/16 event. A year later, he competed at his first UCI BMX World Championships where he won silver in the Junior Elite and announced himself as one of the world’s best young BMX riders. This preceded podium finishes in events in various parts of Australia and New Zealand, and earned Oli the prize of Cycling Australia BMX Junior of the Year in 2019.
Oli entered the 2021 season ranked 4th in the world in Junior Elite, and is determined to reach the podium for years to come. He also plans to become an engineer and is currently studying an engineering degree at university.
“I was incredibly happy and honoured to find out that I had been chosen as a SAHOF recipient for the 2021 year. Having looked at past winners and seeing how far they have gone in their chosen sport is a real inspiration to make the most of this opportunity given to me. Having access to a mentor who has reached the pinnacle of his career in Brad McGee is exciting and I look forward to hearing his feedback and his experiences in Europe especially.” – Oliver Moran on being selected as a 2021 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.
I look forward to working with Oliver as he progresses along his journey. I will dig deep to draw on and share my experiences. I expect many personal learnings as we dive into the current and future needs of a young high-performance athlete, from regional NSW, ready to take on the world. Go the green gold!” – Brad McGee OAM on being Oliver Moran’s Mentor.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2010-2012: BMX Age Champion
- 2010: National Champion
- 2011: National Champion
- 2012: National Champion
- 2017: National Champion
- 2017: USA GRANDS, Tulsa Oklahoma – 2nd (15-year boys)
- 2017: BMX Age Champion
- 2018: NSW State Open Championship – Champion
- 2018: NSW State Open Championship – 16-year boys Champion
- 2019: UCI BMX World Championships – 2nd
- 2019: Cycling Australia BMX Junior Cyclist of the Year
- 2019: BMX NZ C1 Event, Junior Elite – 3rd
- 2019: BMX National Championships, Junior Elite – 3rd
- 2019: BMX National Series Round 3, Ipswich, Junior Elite – 1st
- 2019: Queensland International Cup C1 Event, Junior Elite – 1st
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 1
“A fantastic achievement for one of our up and coming BMX star’s to be selected as one of six young Australians in the country into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Oliver has a bright future ahead and to work with an athlete with the experience of Brad McGee will only help Oliver develop as an athlete. Congratulations Oliver, we are excited for what the future will bring.” – BMX Australia CEO, Shane Coppin on Oliver Moran’s selection as a 2021 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.