Lesmurdie’s Melissa Hoskins selected for Rio Olympic Games


Melissa Hoskins, left, with Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure celebrate winning gold for Australia last year in the women’s team pursuit final at the world track championships in Paris. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Melissa Hoskins, left, with Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure celebrate winning gold for Australia last year in the women’s team pursuit final at the world track championships in Paris. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

MELISSA Hoskins is off to her second Olympic Games.

The Lesmurdie track cyclist was selected for the women’s team pursuit event.

She was among the athletes Cycling Australia named today for the Aussie cycling team for Rio.

The 16-member track and five-member BMX team were announced in Adelaide, in addition to the three men’s road and women’s mountain bike selections.

The women’s road and men’s mountain bike selections will be finalised in the coming days.

“All of our athletes should be proud of their achievement and I encourage them to soak it in, to enjoy the moment with their family and friends before they get back out on the bike to fine tune their preparation for the Games,” Cycling Australia chief executive Nicholas Green said.

The team, which features a host of cyclists set to make their Olympic debut, is headlined by dual Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares who will become just the third female cyclist in Olympic history to compete in four Games on the track.

A trio of BMX athletes Sam Willoughby, Caroline Buchanan and Lauren Reynolds become Australia’s first dual Olympians in the discipline.

The five-member women’s endurance team features 2012 omnium bronze medallist Annette Edmondson (South Australia), while Hoskins and Amy Cure (Tasmania) return for their second Games. Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) and Georgia Baker (Tasmania) will make their debut.