Emily Rosemond Interview



22nd December 2011: Former Speed Skater Emily Rosemond showed the world just what she is capable of at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, when she beat experienced team-mate Kaarle McCulloch to claim the Bronze medal in the Women’s Sprint.

Since then Emily has continued to quietly progress behind the scenes within Cycling Australia, however 2011 saw her embark on an exciting new journey.

“I wasn't getting what I wanted from myself in the Sprint Programme, I put on a fair amount of weight/muscle and didn't have the power to match. As a consequence I decided to switch over to the Endurance programme and I have now found a better balance of power to weight.”

So rather than being a sprint specialist, Emily is now concentrating on Endurance events, primarily the Omnium but also the Team Pursuit.

Emily Rosemond Interview


“For me, this season is about getting fit, getting fast and getting my spot back on the Australian Team, this time in the endurance field for the next World Cup season.”

Such a huge change in focus has obviously caused significant changes to Rosemond’s training.

“This season has been a little different to last season as I have merged into the endurance side of Track Cycling. I spend about 2 hours per day on the road 4-6 times per week, 2 solid gym sessions, and 2 track sessions a week.”

“For me, the biggest emphasis is on developing back end stamina at high speed. The last few laps of a pursuit are the most challenging coming from a sprint background so I’m putting a lot of focus into that now.”

The volume and intensity of Road Training for a Sprinter is a lot less than that required for an Endurance athlete, have you struggled with the increased volumes?

Emily Rosemond Interview


“The intensity and volume of my training has dramatically increased but I'm really enjoying it. It's a nice feeling being fit, and being able to recover faster.”

Change is something that Emily has become accustomed to following her transition from Short Track Speed Skating.

At the age of Eleven Emily decided to give Roller Skating a try in Northern Queensland, after proving she had the talent to succeed in the sport her Father arranged for her to fly to Brisbane (two hours away) every weekend so she could take up Short Track Speed Skating on Ice.

“My father is a huge driving support in career as an athlete despite being overseas all year round. I rarely see him, however we chat daily on the phone and he has been there from the day I started competing at 11 years old.”

“My time as a skater really set me up as an athlete; I had a fantastic coach in Ann Zhang whom originally is from China. She taught me a lot that enabled me to represent Australia at the 2006 Winter Olympics.”

After recovering from a career threatening Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury prior to the event, Rosemond was able to reach the Quarter Finals at the Olympics in the 1000m Short Track event, and finished the year as Australian Champion, results which saw her awarded the Keys to Brisbane by local dignitaries.

Emily Rosemond Interview


In 2008 Emily decided to follow in the footsteps of former Speed Skater Theo Bos and make the transition from Ice to Wood in an attempt to forge a career in Track Cycling.

“It was an easy decision that I made after the Winter Olympics in 2006. I wasn’t satisfied with not being in medal contention and I knew if I was to continue, I would have to be more competitive at my sport”

“This led me into Track Cycling. I ran through some power and endurance tests with one of our country’s top scientists and it was pretty clear that Track Cycling was going to be the next career path.”

Emily’s aim is to become the first Australian female to compete at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, however the change in focus means it looks like that aim will have to wait until at least 2016.

“I think from the beginning I never was a pure sprinter. Going back to my Short Track background, it was a requirement to perform in both sprint and endurance events to qualify for the Olympics so I had always trained both.”

“It's quiet easy to physiologically go from Sprint to Endurance than having it the other way around as well, and I'm glad to have started out in the sprint as I have developed skill sets and pedal fluency that I probably wouldn't have if I had started out in the endurance field.”

Now based back in Queensland with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), Emily is supported by the fantastic team headed up by Ian Melvin and Nick Formosa.

“I train a lot with the Junior Men which is a perfect challenge. It's a pretty tight knit group and we have a lot of support given to us by Ian, Nick and all the Sports Scientists and Nutritionists etc.”

“A lot of emphasis is given to each individual athlete and I think that really helps us all in our own head space to strive forward.”

Emily Rosemond Interview


As part of the QAS, Emily is allowed a considerable amount of control of her training, which is suits her perfectly.

“The challenge of achieving my goals would have to be the biggest motivator for me. I like to have input into my programs, have some control over the “big plan” and be in a position where I’m constantly learning.”

“The Commonwealth Games were a good opportunity to learn to race in a ‘pressured’ environment where the ability to perform is expected. I learnt a lot from that opportunity that I’m sure I’ll be able to use in preparation for future big events.”

Emily has all the qualities of not only a successful Athlete but also the crucial Entrepreneurial talents to follow up on her University studies and become a successful Businesswoman.

“I think being female, it’s a very hard road in Cycling as we don’t have the big races like the Tour de France to strive for, nor do we have the capacity to earn what our male counterparts are earning on pro-teams etc.”

“Given that limitation, I think the sport/life balance is very important for myself and other female cyclists, as a professional career is not feasible.For that reason, I am still at university and am close to completing a Business/Law degree.”

Emily is an inspirational figure for many of Queensland’s Cyclists who aspire to follow in her footsteps, so it is no surprise to discover that she is combining her talents and has already setup a Cycling Coaching Business.

“I get a lot of inspiration from the people I meet along the road and run a Personal Training/Cycling Coaching business with Kerrie Meares (www.resultscycling.com), which is growing quickly”

Emily Rosemond Interview


Emily also spends a lot of time working with Australia’s homeless community.

“I have a lot of involvement with some homeless outreach organizations and that inspires me to keep going so that maybe one day, I can really make a big difference to some of the neglected parts of our society.”

Despite not feeling fulfilled by her previous roles within the Short Track Speed Skating World and Cycling Australia’s Sprint programme, Emily’s achievements in both sports have been fantastic.

If her existing palmares is anything to go by, whether it is in 2012 or 2016 we are sure she’ll achieve her dreams and continue her progression towards a Golden future both on the Track and in Business.


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