Annette Edmondson, a born and bred South Australian woman, is the current UCI World Champion Track Cyclist in the Omnium and Team Pursuit plus World Record holder in the Team Pursuit. She is in London at this minute ready to defend her title.
The day before she left to go over to London, Annette hobbled into my studio, she had just been hit by a car during her training session two days before hand. Having been extremely lucky to avoid such an incident during her life, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time, just before the world championships, she was battered and bruised but ok. The show will go on.
Annette was a soccer girl but at 13 years old she did a ‘beep test’ with the South Australian Sports Institute, they suggested she should do cycling, I think they were right and I asked Annette what it was she loved about it;
“I love setting goals and achieving them and I think having something to work towards and having the satisfaction when you achieve them is pretty incredible. I also really enjoy the freedom when I’m out on the bike, keeping fit, keeping active and enjoying the sunshine. It’s a nice sport when you’re with a good group, having a good team around you keeps you motivated.”
There is something pretty special in being the best person in the whole world in your field of choice at a particular time in history.