21 Aug 2013

With less than a week to go till the biggest show on earth for MTB this year – the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships – MTBA has agreed to assist our highest performing Athletes who have gained selection to represent Australia in Pietermaritzburg.

A total of $18,000 will be awarded to nine Athletes who have achieved exceptional recent results and qualified under the top group of selection criteria. Each athlete will receive $2,000 to help them offset their personal expenses in representing Australia.

Russell Baker, President of MTBA, whose committee decided the payments said, “MTBA is very happy to be able to provide some direct assistance to these riders, who have committed so much of their own time and resources in pursuing excellence in their sport. We hope to be in a position to continue to offer support in future, through a performance based system which will be announced in sufficient time to allow the riders to prepare for next season. But, for now, the MTBA Committee and I wish all of our Australian Team, not only those riders named below, all the best for the 2013 World Championships. For many of the team it will be their first time representing their country at this level. It is an honour for them to be able to do so, and an experience which will last their lifetime.”

The Athletes and their recent achievements are:

Down Hill

Troy Brosnan (Top 10 SA World Cup 2012; Top 30 Vail di Sole and Andorra)
Sam Hill (Top 10 2012 World Championships; Top 5 2012 World Cup Series; top 30 Fort William and Andorra)
Mitchell Delfs (Top 30 Fort William)
Jared Graves (6th South African World Cup 2012)
Michael Hannah (Top 10 2012 World Championships; Top 30 Fort William, Val di Sole and Andorra)
Tracey Hannah (4th in 2012 World Cup Series; 1st South African World Cup in 2012; Top 15 Fort William and Val di sole)

Cross Country

Dan Mc Connell (1st Albstadt; 5th Mont St Anne; 6th Val di Sole, currently ranked 3rd in 2013 World Cup series, Oceania Champion)
Rebecca Henderson (Currently leading 2013 World Cup series; 1st Albstadt, 1st Mont St Anne, plus 2nd at all other 2013 World Cup events so far; Oceania Champion; Elite Nat Series Winner, Ranked 2nd in 2012 World Cup Series)

Bicycle Trials

Janine Jungfels (1st women in 2013 National Championships; 6th in 2012 World Championships, winner of a 2012 world cup, 2nd and 3rd in 2013 world cups)