Australian Olympic cycling champion Stephen Wooldridge has died, aged 39.
Wooldridge won Gold in the team pursuit at the 2004 Athens Olympics and won four world titles in the same event in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Cycling NSW released a statement on Tuesday, saying they were “deeply saddened” to hear of Wooldridge’s passing.
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“Stephen was an inspirational figure in track cycling, particularly in his home state of NSW,” the statement read.
“He was an outstanding team pursuiter, being a four time World Champion in the discipline along with being the 2002 Commonwealth Games champion.
“Perhaps his greatest feat, occurring at the 2004 Athens Olympics where with his team mates Dawson, Lancaster, Brown, McGee and Roberts, he took gold for Australia.
“Stephen was inducted into the NSW Sports Hall of Fame in 2015; an honour he was delighted to receive both personally and for the sport of cycling.
“Stephen went onto pursue a career in the tertiary education sector primarily with the University of NSW, where he was a prominent administrator. This extended to his various roles with Cycling Australia and Oceania Cycling Confederation Boards and Committees.
“Cycling NSW’s thoughts are with Stephen’s family and his friends during this difficult time.”
— Cycling Today (@CyclingTodayEn) August 15, 2017
— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) August 15, 2017
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