SHANKS Alison < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 13 Dec 1982 in Dunedin, NZL
Height1.71 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Fiance Craig Palmer
Residence Dunedin, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Marketing, Nutrition - University of Otago: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started riding to school at the age of seven and started racing at the age of 22.
Why this sport? "It was always my dream to be a Silver Fern netballer but I got sick of too much time sitting on the bench so I jumped on a bike and turns out I was pretty good at it."
Name of coach Craig Palmer [fiance]
Coach from which country? New Zealand
Training Regime She trains around 400km a week on the bike both in the velodrome and on the road along with regular weekly gym sessions.
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for New Zealand
Tournament World Cup
General Interest
Hobbies Basketball, cooking, coffee shops, red wine and dining out with friends and family. (alisonshanks.co.nz, 07 Sep 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Setting her personal best at the World Championships in Colombia in December 2011. (nz2012.com, 12 Dec 2011)
Injuries In 2007 she injured her shoulder and arm in a crash in Beijing, China. (infonews.co.nz, 28 Feb 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When wearing the black suit and knowing you have given everything for your teammates, for everyone back home on the couches and for yourself, that's when I'm so proud to be Kiwi." (nz2012.com, 10 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours She has been the Otago Sportswoman of the Year five years consecutively from 2007-2011. (seenindunedin.co.nz, 27 May 2011)
Other sports She switched from representative netball to track cycling towards the end of 2005 and within just a few months competed in the individual pursuit at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (geniusbikes.com, 22 Aug 2007)
Ambitions To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.(nz2012.com, 14 Jan 2012)
Other information ROLE MODEL
She is an Olympic Ambassador in New Zealand, which involves visiting schools around the country. (alisonshanks.co.nz, 13 Oct 2011)

RELATIONSHIP
She is engaged to her coach, Craig Palmer, and one way they keep their relationship professional is by not sharing a room while in competition. (odt.co.nz, 04 Jan 2012)

BAD NEWS
She was upset by the International Olympic Committee's decision to cut the individual pursuit from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. However, she will take part in the team pursuit and was part of the group that set the fastest ever time at sea level in November 2011. (odt.co.nz, 10 Nov 2011; trackcyclingnews.com, 21 Nov 2011)