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World Champion Alex Porter Visits Scotch


4 May 2018

World Champion Alex Porter Visits Scotch

World Champion Alex Porter Visits Scotch

World Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and World Record Holder on the Men’s Team Pursuit squad - Congratulations Alex Porter!

Class of ‘13 cycling star Alex Porter was our guest speaker at today’s Summer Sport and Awards Assembly. Not only did he give a great insight into his preparation for the Commonwealth Games, but he also was able to share with us his journey since being discovered as part of the South Australian Sports Institute selection program which discovered him when they came to Scotch and Alex was in Year 9.

“I was 15 and playing football just through Scotch, when the South Australian Sports Institute came to my school and did some fitness testing. They said I had the right make-up to be a cyclist so I thought, ‘Ah, I’ll give it a crack.’ And here I am now.”

Up until recently Alex’s only claim to fame was that his mum Kristen Porter sings for State Opera and teaches at Scotch. But that all changed on the night of 5 April when, in the gold medal race of the Men’s Team Pursuit, Alex and his team mates not only beat the English but also went on to break the world record.

Alex has been described in the media as, “the team’s flamboyant starter, who decided there was nothing more Australian than growing a mullet for a home Commonwealth Games.”

The Australian track cycling coach Tim Decker said, “he’s got an uncanny knack of bringing a calmness across the group, and he knows how to put it together on the day.

“He’s the guy who gets the team up to speed so he takes all of the workload early, and when he switches the mind on, he’s ever reliable in the job that he does.”

Alex is now off to Europe for 3 months of pro-amateur road racing and from that he is hoping to gain a place on next year’s touring program in Europe. This year he is racing with the Bennelong Swisse Wellness team alongside Chris Harper (‘12). Then in the second half of 2019 he will return to Adelaide with the aim of being selected in the Team Pursuit squad for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. We wish Alex every success.

We appreciate that he was able to spend time at the Torrens Park and Mitcham Campus assemblies today and that he has also donated his racing skinsuit from the 2016 World Championships to be displayed in the McBean Sporting Wall of fame.  

Alex is also one of the Ambassadors for the Scotch Cycling Club – a community sport offering that is going from strength to strength. With the AIS Cycling program now based in Adelaide Scotch is wanting to foster a strong involvement in the sport.

If you would like your child to get involved in the upcoming season whether beginner or experienced, please contact Mike Townsend, President - Scotch College South Australia Cycling Club on 0409 160 444 or or through the Scotch Cycling Facebook page.

Dale Bennett

That's a wrap on Term 4 and 2019! Enjoy the summer break and have a happy and safe Christmas!