Year 12 student Madeleine Fasnacht will start Term 3 (a little late this week) the proud holder of a gold and a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Youth Games held in the Bahamas, July 19-24 (Australian dates).
Madeleine, one of 75 young Australian athletes to attend the Games, competed in the girls’ road cycling.
She won gold in the time trial and bronze in a bunch sprint finish in the road race.
following in the text of an article in the GYC Newsletter, #69 (Term 2, 2017)
She has been described by one of Tasmania’s top cycling coaches as a once-in-a-decade talent.
Between winning two national U/19 titles in two days, Madeleine Fasnacht had four Level 3 subjects to study for as mid-year exams were looming.
A GYC Year 12 student Maddy returned to Tasmania with two gold medals from three events at the national U/19 road championships held in Geelong in June.
On the Friday, the 17-year-old won the individual time trial, a minute ahead of second-placed TIS teammate Anya Louw. Maddy was the silver medalist last year.
On the Saturday, she successfully defended her road race title in a solo victory two and a half minutes clear of her nearest rival.
On the Sunday, she finished fourth in a field of 18 in the women’s criterium.
Dubbed the two-wheeled rocket, Tasmanian Institute of Sport racing team coach David Walker, as quoted in the Mercury on Saturday 17 June, said that Maddy had not yet scratched the surface of her potential.
“Maddy is one of those road riders you get every 10 years. She surprises every race she does. She just gets better and better and you just wonder what the limit is for her.
“She is a super talented athlete. She has the whole lot; a physical approach, a mental approach, she is the complete package,” Mr Walker said.
Maddy was the best-paced Australian (ninth) in the U/19 women’s time trial in the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar last year and she won her maiden Oceania Road Race crown in March.
She was also named Cycling Australia’s 2016 junior female road rider of the year.