Name: Caroline Buchanan
Pursuit: Olympic BMX medalist
Caroline has a never say die attitude and is doing everything possible to reach her ambition of being an Olympic BMX medalist. To do this she has to maintain her position on the Australian High Performance Team and help it to gain maximum points at World Cup Supercross events (Olympic BMX qualifiers) for the next two and a half years. If Australia finishes in the top 4 countries, then two females go on to the Olympics, less than a top 4 finish and only one or none will qualify. Carolines goal for this year is to have podium finishes at the World Cup Supercross and to defend her Mountain Bike World Championship crown in 4x. Ultimately Caroline hopes to be selected in BMX racing for the 2012 Olympic Games.
When did you start?
Started BMX racing in 1995 at the age of 5 and started Mountain bike racing at the age of 14.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
BMX: Member of the Australian High Performance Squad training for 2012 London Games, 11 x Australian Champion and Top 10 Finalist at World Championships. Mountain Biking: 2009 Elite Womens 4 x Mountain Bile World Champion, 2 x World Cup Winner, 6 x Australian Champion
What is your dream?
To compete for Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games and win gold in BMX and to defend my Mountain Bike World Title in Canada, 2010
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
Tara Lianes – a professional Mountainbiker , now a paraplegic who has shown great determination and strength on her road to recovery
Any other special talents?
Guest speaker, sports modelling, presenter, graphic design, media trained, art/craft
Australian Hip Hop
RAD and BMX Bandits
Favourite TV Show?
Burritos and Mangos
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will help me fund travel expenses to International competitions and relieve some financial pressure in 2010.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
”Be yourself...because everyone else is taken” and “The 4 D’s to succeed...determination, dedication, discipline and desire”