London Olympians Tim Deavin and Matthew Goss have helped the Tasmanian Institute of Sport’s Champions Club come of age.
The Launceston pair were welcomed into a select group of elite athletes in Hobart on Friday, taking the club’s membership to 21.
Deavin, 34, played 138 matches for the Kookaburras, competing in two Olympics and enjoying victories in the World Cup, World League and two Champions Trophy tournaments.
“I had an awesome time. It was a lot of hard work but a lot of fun and I look back with lots of fond memories,” Deavin told The Examinerwhen he retired in July.
In a distinguished cycling career, Goss, 32, won world championship gold on the track and silver on the road, two Grand Tour stage wins, a Commonwealth Games silver medal and capped a lengthy list of WorldTour sprint wins with the 2011 Milan-San Remo classic.
The Tasmanian Institute of Sport established its Champions Club in 2006 to recognise athletes who have made a significant contribution to the development of elite sport in the state through their performances and interaction with the community.
All members have retired from international competition having held a TIS scholarship for more than five years and achieved exceptional performances on the international stage.