Haddon’s on track for future cycling success
YEAR 11 Westside Christian College student Haddon Kilmartin is preparing to represent Queensland at the 2016 Junior Track National Championships.
Haddon will cycle at The Silverdome, Launceston, from February 24-27.
Haddon is driven to succeed.
After four years of heavy training, Haddon is about to achieve his dream of contesting at national junior level.
But Haddon has more than a one-track mind. He knows the importance of balancing the demands of senior schooling with his love of cycling.
"Like riding, it's all about balance,'' he said. "Being disciplined in my cycling helps me stay disciplined in my studies."
Westside Christian College sports co-ordinator Lynda Williams thinks she knows the secret to his success.
"He always gives 100%. In school, in sport,'' Williams said.
"He's well on the way to achieving his goals."
Thinking about the big event, 15-year-old Haddon smiles.
"I'm nervous, but I'm ready,'' he said.
"It's an honour to represent Queensland."
Haddon has big dreams.
"It's a stepping stone towards even bigger things. I'd love to be a professional cyclist,'' he said.
His mother Rillis agrees.
"He rides 300km per week as part of his training,'' she said.
"This involves many early morning starts."
She recalls the beginning of his love affair with cycling.
"Haddon has been racing on the road since he purchased his first road bike in 2008,'' she said.
This year Haddon has been selected to race with Procella Sports.
In 2013, he raced with the Racing Kangaroos.
He is a member of the Ipswich Cycling Club and in 2015 achieved many podium finishes around South-East Queensland.
With his schoolmates, friends and family behind him, Haddon is on the road to success.