Cardiff teenager pedals to the medals

IF family history is anything to go by, then up-and-coming Cardiff Heights cyclist Kai Chapman may very well be travelling the same road as his father.

Competitive racing runs through the blood of the 13-year-old high school student, whose father, Craig Chapman, donned the green and gold several times across his sporting career.

Craig's representative highlights include selection for the Australian 1990 Commonwealth Games road race team and the 1989 World Championships time trial team.

But he initially came onto the cycling scene as a young 13-year-old, when he won the first of many state titles.

This fact is not lost on Kai, who last month took home three state titles at the same age - his best effort at state level yet.

Kai placed first in NSW in the under-15s 500-metre time trial, the under-15s individual pursuit and the under-15s individual sprint.

He also won titles at the NSW Country Championships and the ACT Championships.

Kai said he enjoyed racing and wanted to keep training for both track and road events.

He recently upped his training regime, cycling Mondays and Wednesdays with the Hunter Academy of Sport at Newcastle Velodrome, and now heads down to Sydney on Thursdays and Sundays to race.

On Wednesdays he trains at home.

He also spends a lot of weekends cycling around Newcastle.

Kai said his next major goal was to make the NSW state road team and place top five at the next round of nationals.

TALENTED: Kai Chapman, 13, in his Cardiff Heights home garage. Picture: Mark Connors

TALENTED: Kai Chapman, 13, in his Cardiff Heights home garage. Picture: Mark Connors

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