WHEN Lauren Perry won a gold medal in Glasgow in August, it didn't sink in straight away.
Two months later, the talented Launceston cyclist is still finding it hard to believe.
The 17-year-old was recognised for her gold medal in the women's 3000 metres individual pursuit at the Union Cycliste Internationale junior cycling world titles in Glasgow at a civic reception at Launceston's Town Hall last night.
The event was hosted by the Launceston City Council and Mayor Albert van Zetten spoke of Perry's many achievements over the past few years, including a bronze medal in the Australian team pursuit quartet at the same world titles.
Perry said it was pretty cool to be recognised.
``I didn't have any idea that they did this sort of thing so for them to hold an event for me was pretty cool,'' she said.
``I was also able to thank the people who helped me get to Glasgow.''
Perry said it still didn't feel real that she had won gold.
``I thought I'd have more of a chance of getting a medal at worlds in my second year because the 17 and 18-year-olds ride together,'' she said.
``It still doesn't feel real to look at the jersey and believe it's mine.''
While she has already won gold, the hard work hasn't stopped for Perry as she prepares for a Christmas full of carnivals.
She will contest the national races in Adelaide in January, where she hopes to be selected for the next junior cycling world titles to be held in South Korea.