FOUR years after taking his first lap around a velodrome, Alexander Heights teenager Kye Bonser has his sights set on an international competition.
The 17-year-old won four gold medals at the Oceania Track Championships in December and is hoping for another impressive performance at the national championships in March, which could see him selected for the Track Cycling Junior World Championships in China later this year.
It would be a remarkable feat for Kye, who was focused on basketball and athletics before his sister decided she wanted to join a friend in cycling and reluctantly tried it himself.
“I didn’t really want to go because I thought cycling wasn’t that great,” he said.
“I did one lap of the track and I have loved it since.”
He is in his second year of the WA Institute of Sport’s cycling program and hopes to make Cycling Australia’s High Performance Unit squad.
“I really want to win a world championship and try to make the high performance team,” he said. “I’m slowly ticking the boxes off.”
Kye finished Year 12 last year and said it was “tough” balancing school and sport, so this year is dedicated to cycling.
“You don’t really get an opportunity like this. The world championships would be one of the biggest competitions, so that’s my goal.”