Reid awarded AusCycling Women's Para track cyclist of the year for 2021

Australian Champ: In an event where Reid was the favourite, she took the win in a time of 34:42.77 for an average speed of 32.50 km/h on the hilly 18.8 km course at Ballarat. Picture Con Chronis.
Australian Champ: In an event where Reid was the favourite, she took the win in a time of 34:42.77 for an average speed of 32.50 km/h on the hilly 18.8 km course at Ballarat. Picture Con Chronis.

When three-time Paralympian Amanda Reid won gold at the Tokyo Paralympics in the women's C1-3 500 metre cycling time trial last year her award celebrations weren't over.

Reid, who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual impairment, has also now been awarded the AusCycling Argon Women's Para track cyclist of the year for 2021 and last week earned herself the Individual Time Trial Individual Gold Medal on the opening day of #RoadNats22 in its return to Federation University's Mount Helen campus in Victoria.

Judges said it was a tough decision to split the finalists at the AusCycling awards as all the three Para finalists were gold medalists at the Tokyo Paralympics-Amanda Reid, Paige Greco and Emily Petricola.

From Menai, the St George Cycling club's Amanda Reid took the top gong with her surprise gold medal win, breaking the WC1 500 tt world record and winning Para Gold in a world record time of .38.487 seconds.

After her win, Reid, who is also a proud Guring-gai and Wemba-Wemba woman, said she was happy to represent her people and that she hoped to inspire other Indigenous Australians with disabilities to follow after her and participate in sporting activities.

"I'm very honoured to receive this award from Auscycling - I didn't think I would win it as everybody rode so well this year," Amanda said via a video acceptance speech during the virtual 2021 award ceremony.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me on my journey and I hope to continue all the way to Paris 2024."

BMX Freestyle Rider Logan Martin won the sixty-fifth Sir Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman Medal after being named the 2021 Santini AusCycling Cyclist of the Year.

Martin's 'Oppy' Medal came following the 28-year-old rider from the Gold Coast winning the inaugural BMX Freestyle Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and winning the world title.

Earlier this month the para-cycling time trial national champions were crowned at Ballarat in the first events of the Australian Road National Titles for 2022.

In an event where Reid was the favourite, she took the win in a time of 34:42.77 for an average speed of 32.50km/h on the hilly 18.8km course.