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Cycling Australia announces licence subsidy for female professional cyclists
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Cycling Australia announces licence subsidy for female professional cyclists

18 Dec 2013 , by Cycling Australia

Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the introduction of an international race licence subsidy for qualifying female professional cyclists in 2014.

The Cycling Australia Athlete’s Commission has recognised the need to reduce the financial barriers female cyclist face when competing internationally.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging more of Cycling Australia’s elite female cyclists to take up opportunities to race with professional teams overseas where otherwise they would be discouraged by the high cost of an international racing licence.

“This race licence subsidy for our elite female professional cyclists emphasises Cycling Australia’s support of and commitment to developing Australia’s female cyclists,” Chair of the Athlete’s Commission Lisa Jacobs said.

“Many professional women’s teams provide little or no wage to their riders, and for many women the cost of an international race licence is prohibitive.

“The Athletes Commission wants to ensure that Australia’s elite female cyclists have every opportunity to gain international racing experience. 

“And by encouraging more of our elite women to step up to international level, we hope that this will have a flow-on effect to lifting the standard of domestic women’s racing,” added Jacobs.

The subsidy will operate for a twelve-month trial period beginning in January 2014 and will provide a 50% subsidy of an international licence fee.

It will be available to elite women who satisfy all of the following criteria: (1) are racing in a professional team for a minimum period of one month in 2014; (2) receive a wage of less than $10,000 per annum; and (3) are personally responsible for bearing the cost of their international racing licence.

The subsidy will be reviewed in November 2014 together with the results of a Women’s Commission survey aimed at understanding the obstacles to women competing internationally (financial, family, career etc). Women who meet the above criteria should contact the CA office for further information.

For more information, please visit the Cycling Australia website.

For more information about the subsidy, please contact the Cycling Australia Membership department.

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