Anya Louw has always had high ambitions but admitted she never expected to finish on the podium last weekend.
But the Devonport cyclist surpassed even her own expectations when she claimed a silver medal at the 2017 under-19 Road National Championships held in Geelong.
The 16-year-old is only in her first year of competing in the age group but finished second among the top cyclists in the country for the time trial event.
“I was absolutely stoked, I wasn’t really expecting silver at all,” Louw said.
“I was hoping for a top five finish so I was really happy when I heard the result.
“I was just going over there to try and do the best I can possibly do but I was hoping for a top five in any of the events so I was pretty stoked.”
Louw continued to impress at the event held last weekend with a fifth place finish in the road race and a 12th place finish in the criterium.
The TIS Racing Team member said she could put her success down to a lot of hard work and training with Tasmania’s best cyclists.
“I was training quite hard for the time trial in particular so I guess that was my strongest event going over there.
“I think I’ve just been working really hard over a long period of time and managing myself really well.
“I haven’t really changed much, but just through the support of the TIS Racing Team and my coach David Walker.
“We’ve just been looking at a few things and managing myself right with training and how I’ve been thinking about cycling as well so it was a really good preparation.”
Louw is no stranger to success over the last 12 months and proved her strength on the bike during the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals Series with a dominant win in the Burnie Criterium.
She said her success at national level had come through working with the TIS which had made a big difference with her training.
“The support that the institute gives us is amazing and it’s just something special, especially for the juniors.
“We’ve been focusing a lot on the road as well which is really good and it definitely helped my preparation.
“I’m just really enjoying the sport at the moment and my time on the bike.”
While still only 16, representing Australia on the world stage was something that interested Louw with the world titles coming up later this year.
“That’s something that would be really great to do but we don’t really know anything about that yet.
“But I’m only first year in the under-19s so there’s no pressure or anything on me at the moment.
“I was just trying to do the best that I can do and anything that comes from that is a bonus I guess.”