We’re proud to announce the 2023 Mark Gunter Photo Awards will support up to two young cyclists with AUD$1,000 of financial assistance each to help them in their development.
This cause was close to Mark’s heart. He loved to see young cyclists develop — from behind the lens — through the ranks of cycling; from local, through juniors, at state level, to national series, and onto development teams, and through to the Pro Tour teams.
Mark was fortunate to witness their growth, their strength, their ability to move forward after the setbacks or accidents, and their passion and determination, and their will to succeed. Cycling can often be a self funded sport, and it’s a hard slog to manage training, events, good nutrition with school, uni and part time work, and a bit of help from Mum and Dad. That’s how the Young Cyclist Assistance can help – with AUD$1,000 to take some of the financial pressure off.
Nominations for Young Cyclist Assistance from the 2023 Mark Gunter Photo Awards are open.
Image by Matt Grayson
To qualify for one of up to two AUD$1,000 Young Cyclist Assistance packages, you need to;
- be a cyclist 23 years old or younger
- be living anywhere in the world
- be competing in road cycling, track, cycle cross, gravel, or mountain bike events
- be competing locally, nationally, or internationally
- who need $1,000 financial assistance to help enable a step in your progress as a cyclist
- Nominations EXTENDED UNTIL 7pm, 4th Feb, 2024 AEDT.
- Up to two Young Cyclists each receiving AUD$1,000 .
To be awarded one of up to two AUD$1,000 Young Cyclist Assistance packages, all you need to do is;
- tell your story (eg; tell us about you, your career so far, who has influenced you etc)
- say specifically what the money will be used for and how it will enable a tangible step in your career (eg: a new bike, an airline ticket to a race, etc)
- tell us why you are deserving of the financial assistance
- you can nominate yourself or someone else can nominate you
- send a video or story with photos
- email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to announce two time Australian Road Race Champion Luke Plapp from Australia, who’s currently riding for Ineos Grenadiers and soon to move to home roots Team Jayco Alula. Luke himself was a nominee for the Young Cyclist Assistance Award back in 2109. He wasn’t successful in being awarded it, he has gone on to achieve so much since then.
The selection of the 2023 Young Cyclist Assistance recipients involves;
- each individual nomination to be considered in depth
- a shortlist of nominations will be evaluated by Leeanne Gatien and Wade Wallace, Escape Collective and our independent Judge
- then collectively up to two of the most deserving Young Cyclists for 2023 will be chosen by our independent Judge
Yes it is a somewhat subjective process, but it will be a fair one, and I know that we will select cyclists that Mark would have wanted to see the money go to.
Good luck to all our Young Cyclists and we wish you well in your careers.