PERKINS Shane < Back  
Sport Cycling - Track
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 30 Dec 1986 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.82 m
Weight 100 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Kristine, son Aidan and daughter Mischa
Residence Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began competitive cycling at age 14.
Why this sport? His father was an elite cyclist and coach.
Club / Team Carnegie Caulfield CC: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Training Regime After losing his funding from the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] in 2015, he had to find his own structure and training routine to help with his strength and conditioning and decided to take up CrossFit training.
International Debut
Year 2005
General Interest
Nicknames Perko (, 05 Feb 2016)
Hobbies Golf, reading, spending time with family. (, 05 Feb 2016)
Most influential person in career His parents. (, 26 Oct 2007)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (, 05 Feb 2016)
Injuries In May 2014 he injured his back, suffering a bulging disc which forced him to miss the ITS Adelaide Track event. As a result of the injury he arrived several days later than his teammates at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, to allow for an epidural injection in his spine. "It was touch and go whether I made it to the Games." (GNS, 22 Jul 2014; Facebook profile, 18 Jun 2014;, 18 Jun 2014)

He was forced to miss the keirin final at the 2007 World Cup meeting in Beijing because of a back strain. (The Australian, 10 Dec 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Follow your dreams. The sky's the limit." (,, 20 May 2008; 22 Nov 2013)
Famous relatives His father Daryl competed in the tandem event at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and won a bronze medal in the sprint competition at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. His wife Kristina Perkins [nee Bayley] is a former Australian track cyclist and his brother-in-law is Olympic champion cyclist Ryan Bayley. (, 10 Feb 2016;, 22 Nov 2008;, 26 Oct 2007)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 15 Mar 2016)
He lost his Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] funding in 2015, was overlooked by the Cycling Australia elite track cycling training program and has claimed on his social media accounts that the organisation has advised him to retire from the sport. With the selection process for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro pending, he was again overlooked for 2016 World Championships in London, England, and a training camp in New South Wales, Australia, in April 2016, effectively ruling him out of Rio. "I'm not being put down by losing my contract then not being selected for the world championships, not being invited to camps, not having any communication. I guess at the end of the day Australia wants to put the best riders we have on the track in Rio, so I would hope in this next six months that the door is still open for me." If he fails to be selected for Rio he has the right to an appeal once Cycling Australia submits its team to the Australian Olympic Committee [AOC] in June 2016. (, 15 Mar 2016)