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Grip : GRIP March 2012
AMBASSADOR GRIP SUBARU Ambassador, Shane Perkins, knows he’s in for one of the busiest years of his life. And talking to him, despite what lies ahead and the challenges he may encounter, you discover he is not daunted, but rather inspired by the opportunity that awaits. The 2011 Keirin World Champion has five rings on his mind - the goal of making it to London, and bringing home gold. If it all goes to plan, “Perko” will not only take on the Keirin event, but also be part of the Australian line-up for the individual and team sprints. Shane comes from cycling pedigree, but it took him a while to pursue the sport with absolute intent, preferring a range of other sports – cricket, football and basketball - where he also excelled as a junior. It’s fair to say that he has good sporting genes. His father, a talented track sprinter, represented Australia in the 1964 Olympics, and earned a bronze medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. Within three months of taking up competitive pERkINS EyES yEAR OF OppORTuNITy cycling, a young Shane Perkins had won two gold medals at the U15 Australian National Championships in Sydney, each setting a new Australian record. In 2006, at the age of 19, he became the youngest ever- Australian cyclist to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, and he did it in front of his home crowd in Melbourne. He also took Commonwealth gold in Delhi, winning the sprint title. In that same year, Perko was the sprint silver medalist at the UCI Track World Championships, before going one better in 2011 when he took home gold in the Keirin at the World Championships. From April 4 to 8, he’ll be out to defend that title, and chase others, at the 2012 World Championships, being held in Melbourne with the support of Subaru. But despite his success on the world stage, if he makes London, it will be his first Olympic Games, and just as you’d expect, he is leaving nothing to chance in his preparation. It all starts with the World Championships in Melbourne. pleasure to drive and be seen driving in!” We wish Perko well in his quest for glory this year. “Given the world’s are in front of a home crowd adds that little bit more excitement,” s aid Shane. “So I hope that I can make my family, friends, supporters and Aussies proud come race day. “It’s a very exciting time in my career going into a world championships as a defending champion. There is some expectation on me and I am looking forward to potentially defending the Keirin title. “After the worlds I’ll take a short break, which will be followed by a continuation of the progress from early this year, building up to the Olympics. “The team will remain in Adelaide for the base training then head off for camps in the USA and Europe all the way up to London.” He will spend many hours on the bike between now and then - but not all his time. When he’s not getting around on two wheels, his choice of car is the All- Wheel Drive Subaru. “Every time I have to go to training I’m always excited to jump in my Subaru Forester S-Edition! It’s a INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE RETAILER OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AFTERSALES AMBASSADOR SPONSORSHIP WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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