Oliver Moran has been a successful recipient of a Tier 1 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and paired with SAHOF Member and the first Australian to wear the leaders’ jersey in all three Grand Tour races, Brad McGee OAM as his Mentor.
Growing up in the beautiful holiday town of Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast, Oli has been riding BMX for 13 years which has allowed him to compete and travel all over Australia and overseas.
Oli is the currently ranked fourth in the UCI rankings in Junior Elite and finished second in the BMX World Championships in 2019 in Junior Elite, his first year in this class. His other achievements include four-time National Champion in 8, 9, 10 and 15-year boys and 2019 Cycling Australia BMX Junior Cyclist of the Year.
Oli plans to establish himself as one of Australia’s best BMX racers in the 2021 racing year, his first in the Elite class, whilst studying a Bachelor of Engineering part time at University and continuing his coaching of young riders. He also hopes to travel internationally and gain experience and exposure in UCI Sanctioned BMX World Cup Events, COVID19 restrictions pending.
Oli speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“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.”
Mentor Brad McGee OAM said:
“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!”
BMX Australia CEO, Shane Coppin:
“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.”
Birthplace: Port Macquarie
First & Current Club: Manning Valley BMX Club
First started: 2008
Studying: Year 12
Hero: Luke Madil
Pre-comp Routines: Clip left foot in before right foot
Favourite Quote: “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps
Aspirations After Sport: Complete an Engineering degree during BMX career and gain experience in different aspects of engineering throughout. Having grown up by the ocean fishing, diving and surfing, Marine Engineering is something that is of great interest.
“I have always watched and helped my father work on our family oyster farm trying to make processes more efficient. I am a naturally curious person and love the idea of creating things through trial and error and information gained from outside sources and those more experienced than me. Of course, I will always have a bike near me and coaching will always remain something I will focus on to give back to the BMX community that has given so much to me.”
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Jnr International: 4
Jnr National: 3
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: UCI BMX World Championships – 2nd
- 2019: Australian Cycling 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
- 2017 & 2012-2010: BMX Age Champion
- 2018: NSW State Open – Championship and 16-year boys Champion
- 2017: USA GRANDS, Tulsa Oklahoma – 2nd (15-year boys)
Last updated 28/09/2020