Jackson Ogle | Sport2018
My name is Jackson Ogle. I am 18 years old and a Track Cyclist from Cambridge, New Zealand.
As a child I had an attraction to the outdoors and was very active in sport, trying many different disciplines including gymnastics, trampolining, rowing, rugby, and eventually I took up Track Cycling when I was 15, as a summer sport for my rugby aspirations. Until this point I had played representative rugby every year and was aiming to make my school’s First XV.
I quickly realised I could make my bike go fast but I had a lot to learn about the technical aspects of the sport. After breaking a New Zealand timed record in my first national championships, something sparked in me and I decided I wanted to see what I could do if I dedicated myself to this sport.
My family and I moved to Cambridge and I was able to focus on making the team for the Junior World Championships. I have been very lucky and grateful to have had the support of the WBOP Grassroots Performance Hub, and also the Pathway to Podium Programme. I have learned so much about myself as an athlete, both on and off the bike.
While competing at the Junior World Championships, I was unlucky to be knocked off my bike in my first day of racing. Determination put me back on the bike and although I was aiming for the top, I was happy to come away with a bronze medal under the circumstances.
Outside of sport, I still have the attraction to the outdoors and in my spare time I enjoy hunting and fishing. Boating and Jetskiing are also favourite pastimes in my Summer Holidays.
I am really excited to continue my journey as a Track Cyclist. I look forward to giving it my all and seeing what I can achieve in the future.