THE LAURETTA HANSON - PSS QUIET ACHIEVER SCHOLARSHIP

Supported by SQUADRA CYCLING CLUB

ABOUT
LAURETTA

Born in 1994, Lauretta grew up on a farm in the small regional town of Fern Hill, Victoria. An active child, Lauretta was always outside and played every school sport she could but found her love for cycling at 8 years of age with the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club. Racing track in the summer and road in the winter, she spent many weekends loading into the car with her family to head away for a weekend of racing, starting locally and progressing to state and then national level events.

In 2013, Lauretta took a gap year and travelled to the United States and Canada for a month of criterium racing. What was supposed to be a one-off trip, altered the course of her life after she was offered an athletic Scholarship at Milligan College in Tennessee. In 2014, she returned to America and in 2016 she signed her first pro-contract with American UCI team Colavita-Bianchi.

Quietly working away at her goals, it was in 2018 that she gained the attention of the newly formed Trek-Segafredo squad and signed her first World Tour contract commencing in 2019. Since then, Lauretta has found her home at Lidl-Trek as a loyal teammate and is often regarded as one of the world’s best domestiques. Over the years she has continued to learn and grow and has developed both as a teammate and as an athlete. In 2021, she was selected for her first national team to represent Australia at the Leuven World Championships and then again in 2023 to represent Australia in Glasgow.

Lauretta’s story is not one of overnight success, but one of resilience, perseverance, and consistency. The twists and turns of her journey are not lost on her, but instead are celebrated as they have shaped the athlete she is – hard working, resilient, humble, and kind.

WHAT INSPIRED THE SCHOLARSHIP?

Australia has a strong pool of talented athletes, but for many, there is rarely a clear pathway to the next level. Hailing from a small town and a country club, Lauretta also fell into this category, but was offered the support of the Scott People’s foundation in her junior years. A turning point in her journey, this helped establish a support network and the purpose that has propelled her career.

Through her passion for the cycling and a strong support network, Lauretta has been able to forge her own path, but recognises the need and value of support for athletes that sit on the cusp with no clear direction ahead of them.

Now, with help from the Squadra Cycling Club, Lauretta aims to lower the barriers and bridge the gaps by supporting and mentoring these riders to the next level.

INFO FOR APPLICANTS

WHAT IS AWARDED?

AUD $3000 towards National or International racing experience
AUD $3000 towards National or International racing experience

Upon presentation of receipts, Scholarship can be put towards:

• Flights

• Equipment

• Travel Insurance

• Passport application fees

• Racing license

• Coaching

• Nutrition/Psychology/Massage/Therapy support

Upon presentation of receipts, Scholarship can be put towards:

• Flights

• Equipment

• Travel Insurance

• Passport application fees

• Racing license

• Coaching

• Nutrition /Psychology /Massage /Therapy support

Upon presentation of receipts, Scholarship can be put towards:

• Flights

• Equipment

• Travel Insurance

• Passport application fees

• Racing license

• Coaching

• Nutrition/ Psychology/ Massage /Therapy support

6x 1-hour mentoring sessions with Lauretta Hanson covering topics including, but not limited to:
6x 1-hour mentoring sessions with Lauretta Hanson covering topics including, but not limited to:

• Race tactics

• Training tips

• Travelling overseas

• Goal setting

• Race tactics

• Training tips

• Travelling overseas

• Goal setting

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must:
Applicants must:

• Be an Australian Citizen

• Live in Victoria

• Compete in U19 Women, U23 Women or Elite Women cycling category at time of application

• Be aged between 16 & 25 years of age at time of application.

• Be an Australian Citizen

• Live in Victoria

• Compete in U19 Women, U23 Women or Elite Women cycling category at time of application

• Be aged between 16 & 25 years of age at time of application.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities

• Agreement and adherence to the values of the grant: persistence, hard work, and sportsmanship.

• Comply with the rules of AusCycling.

• Social media post upon award of grant.

• Communication as required with Paradigm Shift Sports.


• Agreement and adherence to the values of the grant: persistence, hard work, and sportsmanship.

• Comply with the rules of AusCycling.

• Social media post upon award of grant.

• Communication as required with Paradigm Shift Sports.


APPLICATION PROCESS

KEY DATES

Applicants must submit their CV + a letter to Lauretta*, answering in 500 words or less:
Applicants must submit their CV + a letter to Lauretta*, answering in 500 words or less:

• How did you get into the cycling?

• What are your goals in the sport?

• What would winning the Lauretta Hanson -PSS Quiet Achiever Scholarship mean to you?

• How did you get into the cycling?

• What are your goals in the sport?

• What would winning the Lauretta Hanson -PSS Quiet Achiever Scholarship mean to you?

*SEND CV + APPLICATION LETTER TO
*SEND CV + APPLICATION LETTER TO
admin@paradigmshiftsports.com
admin@paradigmshiftsports.com
2024 dates
Event

8 Apr - 21 Apr

25 Mar -
5 Apr

Applications open

25 Apr

Follow up call(s)

26 Apr

Recipient awarded
& applicants notified

29 Apr

Recipient announced

KEY DATES

Who is the Squadra Cycling Club?

Our group was founded in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia and today is made up of 35 Men and Women who share a love of mateship, fitness, good coffee and cycling. Whilst young at heart, we feature members in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. We share weekly rides around Melbourne’s wonderful roads and back roads, compete in events and have travelled extensively as a team from Tasmania to Europe. We are grateful and mindful of our desire to give back to cycling, so in 2021 we started our foundation

Their mission

To enable the joy of cycling in those less fortunate.

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