- Story courtesy of Western Australian Institute of Sport.
Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship holder and Rio medal hopeful Melissa Hoskins has earned selection for the 2016 Olympic Games after Australia’s track cycling team for Brazil was announced in Adelaide this week.
The WA cyclist will form part of an Australian endurance squad aiming for a podium performance.
Hoskins will reprise her role from the 2012 London Games, where she and the Australian women’s team pursuit finished fourth.
In 2015, Hoskins won a world championship in Paris, before missing this year’s titles in London after suffering a bout of pneumonia. The 25 year-old however, has returned to full health and fitness, and will join teammates; Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Georgia Baker in pushing for gold.
Australia’s track team includes 16 riders, headlined by four-time Olympian and flagbearer Anna Meares.
The Velodrome has historically been one of Australia’s most successful locales at Olympic level, with Australia having won 12 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medals, with the 2016 team hoping to add to this tally.