Three years ago, Bianca Woolford was introduced into the world of cycling.
Now, the 21-year-old from Port Lincoln has been chosen for the Australian Paralympic team to race in Canada in August, and her family couldn't be prouder.
Bianca has cerebal palsy, which was caused from a seizure due to asphyxiation at birth.
Her mum Tania said Bianca, who grew up in Kimba, became involved in cycling when she attended a paralympic talent day in Port Lincoln three years ago, where she was encouraged to go to a training camp in Adelaide.
“She attended the talent day and from this camp it was decided Bianca’s strength was with cycling,” she said.
Mrs Woolford said from that point, Bianca kept herself fit by training with a person trainer while Paralypmic SA development coordinator Cathy Lambert fought hard for funding to get Bianca a coach.
Then last year, Bianca was offered an opportunity that could give her a chance at competing in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janero through the Road to Rio program.
“Bianca attended a vigorous training day at the South Australian Sports Institute in Adelaide and from there was accepted and appointed her coach, Ben Cook,” Mrs Woolford said.
From the moment Bianca started in the program, she travelled to Adelaide for training at the South Australian Sports Institute once every two weeks, and Mrs Woolford said the program had involved a total commitment from the whole family.
“Bianca’s passion is her cycling, she loves it she trains most days of the week,” she said.
“Her dad Michael rides 45km with her once a week and her pop, Kevin Noble, rides with her on his electric bike also.”
In April, Bianca competed in the National Para-Cycling Road Championships in Echuca, where she rode a world qualifying time and received a gold medal.
Throughout the championships, Bianca also competed in a road race at Rushworth, and added another gold and bronze to her medal tally for the weekend.
“The whole weekend was an extremely humbling experience,” Mrs Woolford said.
“I have never seen so many wheelchairs, frames, crutches, amputated and withered limbs in one place at one time ever before.
“Nor have I seen so many truly inspirational, gutsy determined individuals either.”
Mrs Woolford said Bianca was extremely excited to represent Australia in Canada in August, and the family are extremely proud.
“She has worked very hard and the motto that she lives by - dream, believe, achieve is starting to come true for her.”
“Bianca would like to thank friends and family that have encouraged, supported and believed in her.”