Champion cyclist sets example

Colac Otway Shire mayor Stephen Hart, left, and Cr Brian Crook, right, praised Colac world champion Zac Shaw at a civic reception.

COLAC Otway Shire mayor Stephen Hart says Colac cyclist Zac Shaw’s world championship victory is an example of what young people in the shire can achieve.

The council honoured Shaw, 17, with a civic reception after he won three medals at UCI Juniors Track World Championships last month.

Shaw collected gold in the one-kilometre time trial, won silver in the team sprint and bronze in the men’s sprint.

Councillor Brian Crook nominated Shaw for a civic reception which was at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre on Friday.

Cr Hart said Shaw’s hard work and dedication to cycling was an important achievement personally and for the wider community.

“We not only acknowledge Zac’s efforts in terms of his winning the gold medal in New Zealand but he’s also an example and role model to others,” he said.

“Too often reporting can be about the misbehaviour of young people and when you have such leaders in the community we should honour them appropriately and that’s what the civic reception is all about.”

Colac Cycling Club member Cam Shaw, Zac’s father, said his son’s achievements highlighted the need to resurface the velodrome at Elliminyt’s Joiner Reserve.

“It’s all out there and we’ve done as much as we can,” he said.

“We have to try and get the funding and we just have to keep pushing.

“It all comes back down to the budget and we’ll keep pushing our point and doing what we can.”

Mr Shaw said Zac appreciated the council honour.

“It’s good the shire recognised his achievements and mainly thanks to Brian Crook for organising it all,” he said.

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