Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Meares Ready to Race; World Champion Leads New-Look Cycling Team into First Day of Competition

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Meares Ready to Race; World Champion Leads New-Look Cycling Team into First Day of Competition

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AUSTRALIAN gold medal hope Anna Meares sees the problems which beset Delhi's much-maligned Commonwealth Games village in perspective.

"To complain about what we've been given (in India), it's not right," Meares said.

"I'd feel a bit precious if I'm going to complain when I'm on the bus and going by people who are living in parks or under a bridge.

"There's been workers here going around the clock, cleaning rooms.

"People on their hands and knees polishing the marble. They're all working really hard."

Meares sees the world Co and cycling Co in a different way going into her third Commonwealth Games.

Perspective is seldom this hard-won.

Just a sliver of bone from being paralysed in a sickening high-speed track crash which left her with a broken neck, Meares' heroics seven months later at the 2008 Olympics Co winning a silver medal in the sprint Co have been well documented.

Not so evident until you talk to the Adelaide-based 27-year-old is how much her accident changed her mindset in all aspects of life.

"Those lessons I've learned in the four-year period (since the last Commonwealth Games) have given me tools to approach my life, my career and my preparation in the sport with a little more patience and understanding and gratitude for what I do and what I have," she said.

"That has allowed me to get more out of myself in the end, particularly the journey I had leading into Beijing. It's actually helped me improve my cycling in the past couple of years and I have improved right across the board.

"I've added three world championships to my tally and I'm still positive I haven't stopped improving, and that's what's so exciting for me."

Ask those who work with Meares closely and the same two responses come every time.

"Fantastic athlete, fantastic human being," says Cycling Australia high performance manager Paul Brosnan.

Meares gets down to business on Tuesday's opening day of cycling competition, defending her 500m Commonwealth time trial crown at the impressive velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

As one of Australia's few Games-experienced cyclists in Delhi, an early gold medal to the popular Meares would be a significant morale boost to a new-look Aussie team aiming to keep pace with the 11 gold medals and 24 overall won in Melbourne. …

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