Local wins world cycling gold
JORDAN Kerby swapped his football boots for a pair of cycling shoes six years ago.
You could say that the move from playing rugby league for the Hervey Bay Seagulls to cycling has proved to be a successful one
The former Xavier College student is now a dual world champion.
Kerby celebrated his 18th birthday in style after winning two gold medals while representing Australia in the Junior World Track Championships in Italy.
A member of the Fraser Coast Cycling Club, Kerby powered his way to gold in the team’s pursuit and the 25km point’s race.
Not a bad effort when you consider it wasn’t all that long ago that Kerby first got on a bike for a bit of fun in a charity ride.
Now he’s showing no charity to his rivals when there’s a race to be won.
Kerby, the Queensland under-17 track and road Cyclist of the Year in 2008, said he couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate his birthday.
“It doesn’t get any better than representing Australia and winning two world titles,” Kerby said.
“I am absolutely stoked to be honest and it’s going to take a while to sink in I can tell you – I feel real great though.”
But it won’t only be a couple of gold medals that Kerby will arrive home in Hervey Bay with – he has a new hairdo, one he’s not all that impressed with.
“I don’t think blonde suits me,” he laughed.
“Saying that, I had no choice in getting it done.
“The blonde hair thing is like a badge of honour – junior Aussie teams have done it for years and this time was no different.
“It’s a sign of unity."
“Now the titles are over, I cannot wait to do something about it – it’s not my colour.”
Kerby now plans to kick-back and relax for a couple of days without going anywhere near his bike.
“I’m tired so it’s going to be great to chill for a while,” he said.
“I cannot wait to have a big steak either.”