Stephanie Morton

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Stephanie Morton
Stephanie Morton.jpg
Morton on the starting line at the 2013 International Track Series at the Adelaide Superdrome
Personal information
Nationality Australian
Born (1990-11-28) 28 November 1990 (age 26)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Cycling
Club South Coast Cycling Club

Stephanie Morton OAM (born 28 November 1990) is an Australian track cyclist. She has won national and international cycling titles, and was Felicity Johnson's tandem pilot at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where she won a gold medal.

Personal[edit]

Stephanie Morton was born in Adelaide on 28 November 1990.[1][2] As of 2013, she works for the "Bee Safe on Bikes" education program for junior primary school students.[1]

Cycling[edit]

Stephanie Morton and Felicity Johnson riding at the announcement of the 2012 Australian Paralympic cycling team

Morton is a member of South Coast Cycling Club and is part of Team Jayco AIS.[1] She started cycling competitively at the age of 15.[1] Competing at the 2011 National Keirin Final, she finished second behind Anna Meares.[1] She made her Australian national team debut at the 2011 Para-cycling Track World Championships with Felicity Johnson.[1] She has said forming a friendship and real partnership was key for the pair's success.[3]

In 2012, she participated in the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles as the pilot for Johnson, and finished first in the B tandem 1 km time trial and the B Tandem sprint.[4][5] At the 2012 London Paralympics, they won a gold medal in the Women's 1 km Time Trial B event,[6] and were subsequently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[7]

In November 2012, Morton came first in the Keirin and second in the sprint at the Oceania Track Championships.[1] In the third round of the 2012–13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Aguascalientes, Mexico, she came first in the team sprint with Kaarle McCulloch and 6th in the keirin, while at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, she came fourth in the team sprint (with McCulloch) and sixth in the individual sprint.[1]

At the 2013 Australian National Track Championships in Sydney, she came first in the keirin, individual sprint, and team sprint (with Rikki Belder).[1][8] In February 2014, she scored an upset win at the Australian track cycling championships by beating Anna Meares in the Keiren for the first time. Meares tweeted a photo of a cap that she had signed for Morton five years before, on which she had written: "Steph, maybe one day you'll beat me".[9]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Morton competed in the track sprint and 500 m time trial, while Johnson had a new partner, Holly Takos.[10] Morton rode a personal best time of 34.079 in the 500 m time trial at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, but won silver after Anna Meares posted a faster time.[11] However, she defeated Meares in the track sprint, winning two heats to none in the best-of-three final to take the gold medal.[12]

Major results[edit]

2011
1st Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial, UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships (Pilot for Felicity Johnson)
1st Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial, New Zealand Oceania Para-Cycling Regional Cup (Pilot for Felicity Johnson)
2012
1st Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial, Paralympic Games (Pilot for Felicity Johnson)
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
1st Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial (Pilot for Felicity Johnson)
1st Tandem B - Sprint (Pilot for Felicity Johnson)
2013
Melbourne Cup on Wheels
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
2014
Oceania Track Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Keirin
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Sprint
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Team Sprint (with Kaarle McCulloch)
Commonwealth Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500m Time Trial
Adelaide Cycling Grand Prix
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
1st Sprint, Super Drome Cup
2nd Sprint, South Australian Track Classic
2015
Oceania Track Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Keirin
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Team Sprint
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Sprint
3rd Sprint, Super Drome Cup
2016
Oceania Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Keirin
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Sprint
2nd Sprint, ITS Melbourne DISC Grand Prix
2nd Sprint, ITS Melbourne Grand Prix
2017
Australian Track Championships
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Sprint
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Team Sprint (with Rikki Belder)
Austral
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
ITS Melbourne - DISC Grand Prix
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
UCI World Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Sprint
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team Sprint (with Kaarle McCulloch)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Stephanie Morton". Cycling Australia. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stephanie Morton". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Partners in the fast lane". The Age. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Para-Cyclones Golden Finish to Worlds Campaign". International Business Times. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stephanie Morton". Darwin Cycling Club. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Results for Stephanie Morton from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "South Australia And Victoria Strike Gold During Opening Session Of 2013 Track Nationals". Cycling Australia. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stephanie Morton beats favourite Anna Meares in keirin final at national track cycling titles". 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (22 July 2014). "Stephanie Morton and Felicity Johnson together but apart at Commonwealth Games". The Age. 
  11. ^ Corkhill, Barney (25 July 2014). "Stephanie Morton "stoked" by personal best in 500m time trial final". Sports Mole. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Coventry, James (28 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games: Stephanie Morton beats Anna Meares to win gold medal in women's sprint in Glasgow". ABC Grandstand. Retrieved 28 July 2014.