How old were you when you started cycling?
How did you get involved in cycling?
I am the youngest of four children in the Meares family. Mum (Marilyn Meares) didn’t want to take four kids to four different sports and so the family rule was that the oldest got to choose and the younger ones had to follow. I went through sports like Karate, BMX, Triathlon, Tennis, Swimming following my older brother Scott and sister Tracey until Kerrie and I watched the 1994 Commonwealth Games on TV. We saw Kathy Watt competing and we were most interested in the speed of the velodrome; Track cycling
Dad (Anthony Meares) found the nearest cycling club through the yellow pages and that was in Mackay 300km from Middlemount. He drove us in one weekend and we fell in love with the sport. So for 2 years rotating shifts, Mum and Dad would pick Kerrie and I up from School of a Friday afternoon, drive the 300km for us to race Friday night and Sunday morning before driving 300km home in time for school on Monday morning. A very big sacrifice on the part of our parents and a great commitment to take seriously what their 11 and 12 year old daughters wanted to do. They taught us that in life if something was worthwhile chasing then it wouldn’t necessarily be easy and you would have to make a lot of sacrifices and work hard to get there.
After 2 years they moved us into Rockhampton where I found her first coach in Ken Tucker
Were you always a good cyclist?
When did you gain an AIS scholarship?
Did you work or have you always been a professional athlete?
How long do you train for?
When was your first international race?
Do you have any pets?
What's your favourite colour?
What's your favourite animal?
What's your favourite foods?
Do you have a strict diet?
What other sports do you like to watch?
Who is your idol?
Do you have any hobbies?
What's your outlook with the future?
Do you have any advice you would like to give others looking to live big like yourself?
How much can you press with one leg?
What music do you like to listen to?
I am a big country music fan and love listening to Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Dixie Chicks, John Denver and the likes. But to train to I need a bit more punch in the music and I like to listen to Pink, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson; music where the words have a bit of attitude.
Do you have any nicknames?
Mearesy, Miss Anna, Mrs Chad and my parents call me bubzee
What is your favourite sporting moment / memory?
This is very hard to pick just one. I have got a few
- Achieving my career goal to become world champion in every event. I achieved that in 2011. No one else in my sport has been a world champion in every discipline
- London Olympic Gold
- Beijing Silver
What inspires you?
Perfection which I know doesn’t exist, but striving for it makes me be the very best I can be every day. Inspiration is taken from an external source and motivation is that drive that comes from within to chase a dream, a goal; to make something important to me a reality.
What is the greatest thing that you will take from your sporting career?
Success is not about remaining undefeated it’s about how you handle the defeats. You can’t have one without the other nor appreciate one without the other.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Do you get nervous? How do you handle nerves?
I always get nervous. To me nerves are a sign that what I am doing is important to me. I handle nerves by accepting they are there, taking deep controlled breathes and mentally bottling up the nerves to release as energy to help propel me to go faster on the bike.