Having picked up a flyer at the 2010 Tour Down Under, former surf lifesaver Pat Constable got into track cycling via the South Australian Institute of Sport talent identification program and has never looked back. He will now get the chance to compete at his first Olympic Games in Rio.
He was a part of Australia’s team sprint trio that claimed U19 gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships. Constable made the transition to senior competition and secured a number of top ten finishes in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2014.
Constable secured an AIS scholarship in late 2015 and began making rapid improvements that put him in the frame for Rio selection. Lining up with Rio teammate Matt Glaetzer and Jai Angsuthasawit for South Australia, he won his first senior national title in the team sprint.
The 20-year-old proved he could match it with the world’s best when he won his first World Cup gold medal to start the Olympic year. Constable defeated defending Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny in the semi-final before defeating China’s Xu Chao in the Hong Kong final.
At his first senior World Championships, just months out from Rio, he combined with Rio 2016 teammates Matt Glaetzer and Nathan Hart in the team sprint. The trio went within 0.001 seconds of racing off for bronze but instead finished in fifth.
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Cycling - Track
Keirin Men, Sprint Men, Team Sprint Men
Marion, SA, Australia
Marion, SA, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 5th (team sprint) – 2016 Track Cycling World Championships (London, Great Britain)
- 1st (sprint) 4th (team sprint) – 2016 UCI Track World Cup (Hong Kong, China)
- 2nd (team sprint) – 2016 Oceania Championships (Invercargill, New Zealand)
- 1st (team sprint) – 2016 Australian Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
- 3rd (team sprint) – 2015 Oceania Championships (Adelaide, Austrralia)
- Winning the sprint at the World Cup 3 event in Hong Kong
- 9.95 flying 200m qualifying at the Oceania Championships
- Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Christ the King R-5, South Australia, Australia
- Sacred Heart College, South Australia, Australia
Gary West (2015-current)
Kilkenny Cycling Club, SA, Australia
South Australian Sports Institute
Primary Training Base
Adelaide, South Australia
- Favourite food
- Favourite music
- Rap/Hip Hop
- Dream car
- Mercedes AMG
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- I've got a tall ship tattoo'd on my forearm, I just liked the look of it! I've also got the latin words 'Solum Pro Victroia' on my ribs, It means 'Only For Victory'
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Anna Meares & Shane Perkins in London 2012
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Sydney 2000 when I was only 5!
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Too many to list! possibly my friend and past coach Jason Niblett
- Why this sport?
- I've grown to love it. Who knows how fast I can go!