The 2016 High5 Dream Team was officially launched in true Rochelle Gilmore style at Mawson Lakes, Adelaide yesterday.
The launch took place just two days before the UCI Women’s edition of the Tour Down Under, the Santos Women’s Tour.
It was a fun day in the sun for the athletes who went for a nice casual team ride in the morning before having their make-up done by professional event stylists. After lunch the athletes engaged with media and conducted a very relaxed fun photo-shoot by the lake.
The action packed day was interrupted by some very heartfelt, emotional short speeches made by both the athletes and staff. Team owner Rochelle Gilmore reflected on what the Dream Team and each of the athletes meant to her personally whilst Donna-Rae Szalinski spoke about the gratitude each and every one of the team members feel in regards to the wonderful opportunity the team and partners provide – as a pathway to becoming a complete, professional athlete.
Tears welled up in the eyes of all athletes and staff when current World Individual Pursuit Champion, Rebecca Wiasak presented Rochelle Gilmore with a signed jersey from the 2015 No.1 NRS Team, the High5 Dream Team. Bec spoke sincerely about what Rochelle’s efforts in Women’s Cycling meant to her and all of the other female athletes who have been inspired by Rochelle, to be the best they possibly can be.
The launch was capped off with a special guest appearance by the High5 Dream Team at Oakley’s exclusive “Meet & Greet the Athletes” event in the heart of Adelaide city.
The High5 Dream Team is an Australian Professional NRS Team, created to develop athletes to the level of being ready (as a complete athlete) to take the next step into European based professional cycling teams.
Whilst the core ambitions of the team are to learn and develop camaraderie, team work, ethics, race tactics, appreciation and gratitude; the team will also have a clear ambition to end 2016 again as the No.1 Australian Women’s NRS Team.
Please take a moment to experience the unique, sincere atmosphere inside the High5 Dream Team. Short Video: