Acceptance speeches are starting to become commonplace for Haylee Fuller.
The Australian champion stood on stage again on Sunday, thanking all those who have helped her after collecting Dubbo's Australia Day Young Sportsperson of the Year prize.
The cycling star has enjoyed another stellar year, with her list of achievements and accolades seemingly growing by the week.
And while her success - most recently a double under 19 gold medal win at the national road titles - has events like Commonwealth and Olympic Games a real possibility, Fuller remains grounded and full of pride in her community and club.
"I think family is everything," she said.
"Most of my family rides so it's amazing to have all that support."
Fuller is one of a number of state and national champions which helped Dubbo Cycle Club become the best in Australia in the past year.
Riders from Dubbo have regularly been among the best in every state and national competition and the fact Fuller has stood out proves her quality and advancement in recent times.
The NSW Female Cyclist of the Year was undefeated in the under 17 women's road series at a state and national level and her many other achievements include winning a gold and two silver at the Australian track titles, finishing with the yellow jersey as overall winner of the New Zealand International Tour of Yunca, a top 10 finish in the Elite Women's Madison Championship at only 16 years of age, and the honour of being NSW captain at the Australian road titles.
"It's amazing to be able to show all the training and hard work has paid off," she said.
A tireless worker, Fuller's style on the bike is becoming well known as her relentless attacks in endurance events often result in her finishing some minutes ahead of her rivals.
She thrives on difficult climbing and long distance endurance events, showing the kind of skills synonymous with some of the country's all-time greats.
She wasn't getting too carried away on Sunday though as she continued Dubbo Cycle Club's proud record on Australia Day.
The club almost recorded a clean sweep last year when Danny Barber was named Young Sportsperson of the Year and president Matthew Gilbert collected the Service to Sport award, while the year before Simone Grounds was named Sportsperson of the Year.
"Having three people already do really well, there's so much support from people in the club and around it that contributes to how well our athletes are doing," Fuller said.
In terms of her own efforts, Fuller admitted she's even surprised herself in the past year.
It was just two weeks ago when she won the women's junior criterium and under 19s road race at the national titles.
"I was pretty stoked with that," she said during what is her first year in the under 19s.
"I was nervous because I was a first year. I still have another year in that category so it was really exciting to be able to pull that off."
The wins were even more impressive given the fierce weather which battered opponents during the events.
The hard work doesn't stop now, with one eye already on March's track nationals campaign.
The chance to race overseas later in the year also awaits, while the chance to race in the National Road Series (NRS) for the first time in 2020 is also firmly on the radar.
The NRS is the premier racing event in the country and is an important step for riders on their way to becoming full-fledged professionals.
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