ONE cyclist’s star is shining so bright that he’s been selected to compete at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Woodlands resident Sam Welsford has been selected as part of the Australian team to compete at the event, which will be held in Sydney later this month.
While the event is on home soil, invited nations Belgium, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States will provide a stern test for the Australian team.
But Welsford is no stranger to competition, after last year competing in a variety of events including the Oceania Championships in Adelaide.
An average week for the 16-year-old includes six days of training, where some sessions last for about three hours.
Welsford said it was his dad who originally got him into the sport.
“I used to see him leaving early in the mornings and I just got into it,” he said.
“I like that it requires a lot of effort to get somewhere, that you can’t just cruise along.”
Welsford has been cycling for half his life, but said if he does not become a professional cyclist he would like a job outdoors.
“I definitely couldn’t sit at a desk,” he said.
“I’d like to do something where there’s sport in the workplace, like a personal trainer or something.”
But Welsford’s main aim is to follow the footsteps of some of Australia’s cycling greats.
“I’m really hoping to take it to the next level,” he said.