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Grip : GRIP May 2012
AMBASSADOR GRIP SHARA GILLOW - A RISING STAR LOOK out for this name – Shara Gillow. She’s a Subaru ambassador who is considered by all good judges as the next big thing from Australia in world cycling. Already Shara is making her mark in the sport. The 24-year-old Queenslander was named the 2011 Australian Elite Female Road Cyclist of the Year by Cycling Australia, after a stellar season. And in 2012, she has big plans to make her mark in world sport. She is already part of the GreenEdge-AIS team and a big international career awaits. Born in Nambour, Shara is one of seven kids, and calls the Sunshine Coast home. Cycling is in her blood. Her dad was an Olympic cyclist. But she didn’t even start competitive cycling until she was 20, when she thought, “I’ll give it a go”. Her exceptional ability was recognised by the Queensland Academy of Sport and she’s been fast tracked ever since. “Yes, it does seem like a short time ago I started, but there’s been a lot of pedal pounding between then and now,” Shara said. She won her first race – the 2008 Tour de Sunshine Coast, and has rarely looked back. In 2009, in just her second year in the sport, she finished second in the U23 Time Trial Australian Road Championships. By 2010, she was making a name for herself internationally, finishing third in the Overall Young Riders Classification at the famous Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile. Last year she confirmed her exceptional promise, winning the second stage of the Giro Donne in Italy. When your young and talented things can happen quickly. She racked up a series of wins at home in recent seasons. Shara starred at this year’s Australian Road Cycling Championships, winning the women’s elite gold medal by more than a minute to take her second-straight national title in the event and is now highly motivated for future success. “Yes, there definitely is a lot of unspectacular preparation that precedes spectacular performance, but my desire to win gold for my country is pretty big. “I love everything about the sport, and especially developing and learning. “I think the building of the necessary endurance is an ongoing process and at this present time I’m learning to dig deeper in all aspects of training and racing.” She has a big season ahead of her as she tries to make her mark in 2012. We wish Shara well over the coming months. She is looking forward to coming home for a number of reasons, one of which is to collect the keys to her ambassadorial Subaru. “I am very proud to be sponsored by such a great car manufacturer,” Shara adds. “The Liberty would have to be my favourite car so far.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE INSURANCE & FINANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE REPAIRS & SERVICE SALES AMBASSADOR WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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