VAN VELTHOOVEN Simon < Back  
Sport Cycling - Track
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 08 Dec 1988 in Manawatu, NZL
Height1.85 m
Weight 92 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Manawatu, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began racing at Palmerston North Boys High School in New Zealand.
Club / Team Bike Manawatu: New Zealand
Name of coach Dayle Cheatley [national], NZL; Anthony Peden [national], NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Rhino (Facebook page, 16 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career Former coach Mike McRedmond. (massivemagazine.org.nz, 14 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol British track cyclist Chris Hoy. (g2014results.thecgf, 23 Jul 2014)
Injuries He fractured his shoulder in early 2011, and had his appendix removed in September of the same year. (odt.co.nz, 25 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto “If you keep chasing your goals and succeeding with them, your turn with the big result will come. Just keep pushing yourself like a wounded rhino.” (engine.ac.nz, 01 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours In 2011 he was named BikeNZ Track Cyclist Of The Year. (Facebook page, 25 Apr 2014)
Famous relatives His father Paul has represented New Zealand in rowing and rugby. (sportsground.co.nz, 01 Oct 2012)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (engine.ac.nz, 01 Jan 2013)