Bunbury cyclist riding high

LOCAL TALENT: Bunbury cyclist Bradley Linfield is celebrating after winning two awards at the South West Sports Academy awards night on Friday.

Linfield won individual male and Telstra Sportsperson of the Year.

He said he was not expecting the win because of the high calibre of other athletes nominated.

Linfield has had an eventful year cycling, starting in January and only finishing three weeks ago.

Linfield spent a couple of months in Holland with race partner Caleb Ewen which he said was an amazing experience.

During his time in Holland he raced with the under 19 Australian team.

Being away from home did not bother the 18-year-old who said it was the highlight of his year.

The controversy behind cycling legend Lance Armstrong has not swayed the young cyclist who said drug cheating was not part of his generation.

“Its all in the past, it is a really clean sport now and I’m keen to keep going,” he said.

Linfield has another big year ahead, starting with nationals camp in December where he could be chosen for the under 23 Australian team.

There is also the Armidale Classic and the nationals in January.

Linfield was not the only winner on Friday night, with young boxer Nathaniel May winning the emerging star award.

Cricketer Chloe Piparo won the team female athlete of the year and footballer Connor Blakely won the male team athlete of the year.

Young footballer Jamie Douse won the Wally Foreman coaches award and swimmer Lyndon Goldsmith won community achiever award.

Yallingup surfer Mikaela Green took out the individual female award.

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