Sport for Women

Melissa Hoskins

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Cycling
Location: Australia

Melissa Hoskins began cycling after being picked up as a part of the WAIS Talent Identification Program at the age of 15 and within three years had become an Australian Champion. Hoskins' first national title came in 2008 in the team pursuit, an event she has now successfully defended every year since. She went on to win the U/19 2009 Junior World Championship title, breaking the world record in the process in Moscow. She was a part of the Australian team that won bronze at the World Cup in Beijing in 2011. Hoskins and Olympic teammates Annette Edmondson and Josephine Tomic broke the world record in the semi-final of the 2012 Track World Championships. The record only lasted a few minutes as the British team broke the new record in their semi-final before going on to beat Australia in the final. Continuing to compete in road events also, Hoskins finsished the 2012 Jayco Bay Classic 1st overall and took out the U/23 Australian Road Championships.

Via Australian Olympic Team

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Melissa Hoskins in the News

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement:
 Junior World Champion

Greatest achievement off the field:
 Graduating high school

Who is your sporting heroine? To pick one would be crazy. I have always wanted to meet Stephanie Rice, but someone i look up to in my own sport would have to be Josie Tomic. Not only a fantastic friend but amazing leader and team mate.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Lots! Doubles sessions most days. Either road rides, track sessions or gym sessions.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Nothing in particular. Just don't forget you 2 fruit and 5 veg kids.

What do you love about your sport? What isn't there to love. its fast and fun!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? More coverage and recognition as female athletes. Times are changing, slowly.

What motivates you? The challenges we face everyday as elite athletes. Call me cliche but every day opportunities and challenges present themselves, and i want to take them on!

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? Attempting to make people smile.

Three words that describe you: Motivated, committed, fun,

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Do it because you love it. Its the hardest days that are the best training days, those are the days that make champions.

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