Potential recognised with scholarship

It can take years to make it to the top. But in an amazing display of talent and an indication of her potential, Lucy Hill claimed a state champion title after just a partial season of racing last year.

After making the leap from hobby to competitive racing, the speedster completed a handful of rounds before claiming first place in the under-19 category of the XCO state championships and second place in the WA gravity enduro series.

The 17-year-old’s remarkable achievements during a relatively short time have helped secure her a highly coveted spot in the South West Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Support Program.

Hill is among a record number of outstanding young athletes in the region being backed by the not-for-profit organisation to achieve their goals in sport.

While her plans to defend her title in what would have been her first full season of racing have been disrupted because of COVID-19 restrictions, Hill is also looking to the future.

“Long-term, hopefully I’ll get on to the national stage and race in a UCI-accredited race and then who knows where it will take me,” Hill said.

“It’s a bit of fun. I really enjoy it. I love being able to go out, ride around nature, try challenging obstacles and once you’ve overcome them it’s a really good feeling to have achieved something you never thought you would get to.”