Teen cyclist a rising star

JACK Edwards will need a new set of shelves to house his trophies, medals and awards.

The teenager has won a swag in road and track cycling this year.

They include the NSW Sports Federation Young Athlete of the Year and Cycling Australia's male junior track cyclist and junior track cyclist of the year awards.

Edwards, 17, also won the NSW Institute of Sport's Out & About Marketing and Media junior athlete of the year award.

The Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield year 12 student said his coach Brad McGee deserves high praise for shaping his career.

"Brad is a superb coach and mentor," Edwards said.

McGee, 37, grew up at Wentworthville and won medals at three Olympics: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Edwards feels humbled by the awards.

"It means a lot to me because I was up against such a tough field and all the training and commitment I have put in has paid off," he said.

Edwards recently finished HSC studies.

"It was very hard to manage training along with school study, but with time management and help from people at the NSW Institute of Sport, I was able to finish my studies and still compete at such a high level of sport."

Edwards won two gold medals when he represented Australia at the World Junior track titles earlier this year in Glasgow.

He said his immediate focus was a program of summer racing.

"I've got the state track championships and the international criterium series in Cronulla and Wollongong in a few weeks," he said.

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