04 Jul 2014
Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing
The Alice Springs Masters Games is known for its great social atmosphere but the cycling road race is one sport where the competition looks set to be fierce this year, with a local rider leading the charge.
Alice Springs cyclist, Ryan Coppola, will compete in the event for the first time following this year’s Amateur World Cycling Championships in Slovenia next month.
The 31 year old will race in the 20km time trial and 160km cycling road race, after he qualified to represent Australia at a national championship event in Perth earlier this year.
“It’s fantastic to see athletes of such high calibre like Ryan competing in this year’s Masters Games,” said Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan.
“Having elite competitors at the Games will be great both for the competitors who will test their skills against the best in their age group, and also for the spectators who will get to enjoy all the fast-paced action.
“Ryan is a talented athlete who has competed at a national level in swimming, triathlon and cycling, and he is also a home grown Alice Springs talent so it will be great for him to compete in front of a local audience of family and friends.
“Being part of the Masters Games is a great experience, whether you’re in contention for the medals or just concentrated on getting the best out of yourself while having a great time.”
This is the first year that Ryan has been within the age range to compete in the Masters Games, having been an avid spectator growing up in Alice Springs and also volunteering in 2012.
“I’ve got great memories of watching the Masters Games over the years and I’ve always wanted to be part of the competition,” Ryan said.
“I’m really looking forward to participating in the Games, and it will be great incentive to keep up my form after the world championships.”
Cycling is one of 33 sports that will be part of the 2014 Alice Springs Masters Games from October 11 to 18.
For more information on the Games or to enter, visit: www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au or call 1800 658 951.
Photo attached: Ryan Coppola
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