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Author: Craig Eardley

Meet the 2015 Greater Olympic Scholarship Team: Nicola McDonald

16 year old Nicola McDonald from the Newcastle beach-side suburb of Merewether is a first time Greater Building Society scholarship recipient. The Year 10 student from St Pius X has already achieved a great deal in her short career. We recently sat down with Nicola to see what made her tick.

  • NSW Champion in a number of events - individual pursuit, scratch race, criterion, hill climb and madison
  • Second in the teams pursuit, road race, standing lap and the state teams pursuit
  • Won three 2014 women's road tour events - Blaney to Bathurst, the Wagga Tour, and the Goulbourn tour
  • Captain of the NSW Team at the 2014 National Track Titles

GREATER: How did you get into cycling?

NICOLA: My parents (Brad and Margaret) are both cyclists and do triathlons. I wanted to follow in their footsteps in cycling. [At this point dad chimes in to stress that mum Margaret is the triathlon performer.]

GREATER: Who are your role models?

NICOLA: Australian cyclists Amy Cure (Gold in the points race at the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships and a Silver and Bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games) and Annette Edmondson (Bronze in the Omnium at the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships and Gold and Silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games)

GREATER: What are your favourite cycling events?

NICOLA: I like the individual pursuit because I am good at it. I also like the points race because it is challenging – you never know which way things will go.

GREATER: How will the Greater Building Society Olympic Scholarship help you?

NICOLA: It will help me to buy some equipment and go towards the cost of travelling to Sydney to train and some interstate travel. I have two major interstate competitions coming up in Melbourne. These will help me to qualify for the World junior Track Cycling Championships in Kazakhstan next August.

Nicola is one of The Greater's Olympic Sports Scholarship holders for 2015. The Greater has been running its program to provide much needed development support to promising young athletes since the announcement of the Sydney Olympics, making this year's recipients the 22nd round.

The Greater is thrilled to be able to lend a helping hand to tomorrow's sporting champions.