Beijing 2008, London 2012
Alexis Rhodes, Stuart O’Grady, Anna Meares
Winning silver in the 1km time trial in Beijing then winning gold in the same event in London
Winning gold in the 1km time trial at the 2011 World Championships in Italy
Having enjoyed stellar results in the prelude to London 2012, Felicity Johnson knew she had given herself the best chance possible to win gold in the 1km time trial. With pilot Stephanie Morton, she was the world champion two years running (2011, 2012) and the world record holder. Paralympic gold was the culmination of the perfect year for Felicity who had also set a world record in the 200m flying sprint and won the world title in the tandem sprint.
Born with a vision impairment, Felicity expressed an interest in sport from an early age. Prior to her cycling career, she was prominent in the athletics field in the late 1980s, winning two silver medals in the 800m at the FESPIC Games. After getting sick of “running” around in circles, she decided to commence “riding” around in circles instead. She first represented Australia in 2007 in the 1km time trial event at the World Championships in France, and has now continued to race at a faster and faster speed.
At her first Paralympic Games in Beijing, Felicity with her pilot Katie Parker, won a silver medal in the 1km time trial, her best international result up to that point. Felicity was amazed by her first Paralympics, both in her performance and through taking part in a world uniting event.
Felicity’s cycling prowess has been widely recognised. In 2007 she was the recipient of the National Achievement Award for Best Newcomer – a title Felicity was very delighted to receive. She has since won the Blind Sportsperson of the Year award consecutively in 2010 and 2011.
Away from the track, Felicity is a support worker for Can Do for Kids, a group established for kids with sensory disability. When the time comes to wind down her long and distinguished sporting career, she plans on maintaining an involvement with cycling in a different capacity.