Date of birth: 24/05/1984
Place of birth: Geelong, Victoria
Lives: Canberra, ACT
Occupation: Professional Athlete
Team: High5 Dream Team
Coach: Gary Sutton
Discipline: Track Endurance
Events: Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit
Started Cycling: June 2010
3000m Individual Pursuit: 3:27.018 (Australian Record)
Highest Ave Power 4min: 379 watts
VO2max: 64.7 ml/kg/min
Rebecca grew up in Geelong competing first for the Manifold Little Athletics Club from under-12s and then for the Geelong Guild Athletic Club. She competed in all events but excelled in middle distance running and still holds a number of school and club records. In 2002 she won the Victorian under-20 800m Championships and competed at the 2000 Pacific School Games in Sydney.
As a schoolgirl Rebecca played representative sport in basketball, netball, cross country running and athletics. She also played representative basketball for Geelong as a junior and played for the Australian-Lithuanian Women’s Team in a tournament in Lithuania in 2009.
Rebecca moved to Canberra in 2003 for university and trained under Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) middle distance coach Dick Telford for three years before entering the full-time workforce as a sports journalist at The Canberra Times in 2005. After losing fitness in her demanding office job, Rebecca competed in a few novice triathlons before joining the training squad of Olympic triathlon coach Ben Gathercole. She raced as an age-grouper at the World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast in September 2009.
In May 2010 Rebecca transitioned to cycling and trained with the National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) coach from the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS), John Forrest. Her ‘trial’ became a three-month ‘probation’ and then a full ACTAS scholarship.
Rebecca was lured to the track in November 2011. Her first race was the Individual Pursuit at the New South Wales Championships where she easily recorded a national qualifying time, winning in 3min42sec.
In November 2012 Rebecca was invited to her first training camp with the Australian Track Endurance Squad in Adelaide and within two months represented Australia at the Track World Cup in Aguascalientes in Mexico winning a bronze medal in the Individual Pursuit. She was the overall World Cup Series winner in the Individual Pursuit in 2013/14 after winning gold in Round II in Aguascalientes and silver in Round I in Manchester.
Rebecca was a member of the team which set a new Australian Record in the 4000m Team Pursuit at the World Cup in Aguascalientes in November 2013.
Rebecca became the World Champion in the Individual Pursuit on debut in Paris in February 2015, setting a new Australian record in the qualifying round. She successfully defended her title at the World Championships in London in March 2016 and was a member of the Team Pursuit that finished fifth.
Her ultimate goal is racing the Team Pursuit at the Olympic Games.