DET NSW School Sports Unit
033. Former High School Star Cycles to Glory
When she was at school Kaarle McCulloch competed in a large range of sports.
Kaarle represented Bowral HS in Athletics and Cross Country in years 7 and 8. Kaarle was Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2000.
Kaarle moved to Endeavour Sports HS in 2002. In year 10 after representing her school in Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Touch, Hockey and Football Kaarle was named Junior Sportswoman of the year in 2003.
Kaarle represented Sydney East in Athletics and Cross Country from 2002 to 2005. Kaarle medalled at many of these events and was part of the National Champion Endeavour Sports High Team in the Athletics KO.
In 2005 Kaarle was in the winning team at the CHS triathlon and placed fourth in the individual event; only her second triathlon.
Kaarle was an inspirational and committed representative for school sport.
Kaarle so enjoyed cycling that in March of 2005 she decided to concentrate on this sport. At her third track meet she attracted the attention of the assistant Australian Coach (David Short) who approached her about training, off season, for track racing. Kaarle was identified as a future prospect for Australia.
In the 2005-06 season Kaarle achieved the following results:
In Belgium at the World Juniors, 2006, Kaarle finished fourth in the sprint, fourth in the keirin and third in the time trial.
After Belgium Kaarle returned to Australia and continued on her winning way in senior ranks with State titles and podium finishes at the Nationals in the time trial, keirin and team sprint. Kaarle rode for Australia at the Oceania Games in Melbourne in 2006 placing third in the sprint and time trial and second in the team sprint.
Kaarle travelled to LA in February for the third leg of the World Cup in the 06/07 season. Here Kaarle teamed up with Anna Meares and placed second in the team event. Kaarle rode great times setting two track records and new PB’s in her events.
Leading up to the Sydney World Cup in December 2007 Kaarle’s training was hampered due to a fall where she was knocked unconscious, her bike and helmet smashed. Every rider at the top of the sport in their country was in attendance in Sydney. With new rules enforced for athletes wanting to race at the 2008 Olympics the start field was doubled to 400 cyclists from 48 nations – all cyclists competing for valuable points.
Kaarle McCulloch competed in the team sprint with Kerrie Meares and won a silver medal. Kaarle rode a PB of 19.440 seconds for the standing first lap (250m). Kaarle also placed eighth in the 500m time trial in 34.9. This is the race that Anna Meares who won gold at the 2004 Olympic Games has dominated. Anna won in 33.8, the only rider to go under 34 seconds.
Kaarle McCulloch is in her second year at Sydney University where she is studying Human Movement and Teaching. Kaarle, only 19 years old, has been cycling for less than three years. She is showing huge promise in the sport of cycling and is a competitor to watch for in the future.