COMMONWEALTH GAMES AUSTRALIA MOURNS THE PASSING OF CYCLIST STEPHEN WOOLDRIDGE
CGA with Cycling Australia
Commonwealth Games Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Stephen Wooldridge OAM following his untimely passing.
Steve represented Australia at the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games winning gold and silver respectively in the team pursuit.
He was an Olympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), world champion and former Cycling Australia Board member.
Steve will be remembered as one of the sport’s most successful team pursuit racers. Along with team mates Graeme Brown, Brett Lancaster, Bradley McGee, Luke Roberts and Peter Dawson, Wooldridge was part of the team that won the 4000m team pursuit in Athens, defeating Great Britain by over 3.5 seconds. The team broke a drought in the event, taking Australia’s first gold medal since Los Angeles 1984.
From 2002 – 2006, Steve was unstoppable. Along with his Olympic gold medal, he achieved four team pursuit world titles during that time at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 UCI Track World Championships.
He held the role of Chair of the Athletes Commission and sat on the Cycling Australia Board from 2007 – 2013, where he made important contributions that helped develop the sport. He was inducted into the NSW Sport Hall of Fame in 2015.
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green said today that the cycling community will be mourning the loss of such an inspirational figure.
“Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family and friends during this very difficult time. Steve will be remembered by so many for not only his success in competition, but also for the contributions he made across so many roles in the sport.”