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Ellesse Andrews
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Andrews in 2020
Personal information
Born 31 December 1999 (1999-12-31) (age 21)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Relatives Jon Andrews (father)
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter

Ellesse Andrews (born 31 December 1999) is a New Zealand racing cyclist. She represented New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Summer Olympics, gaining a silver medal in the Keirin in the latter event.

Early life

Andrews was born in Christchurch in 1999. Her father is Olympic cyclist Jon Andrews, who represented New Zealand at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and 1992 Summer Olympics. Her mother is Angela Mote-Andrews, who competed internationally in mountain biking. Mote-Andrews was preparing herself for her inaugural participation at world championships—the 1999 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Åre, Sweden—when she got pregnant. Andrews grew up in Wanaka and attended Mount Aspiring College until the end of Year 11 before moving to St Peter's School in Cambridge for the final two years of secondary school.

Cycling career

Andrews started cycling competitively aged 14, initially mountain biking but she soon changed to track cycling. She asked her father to pay for dance classes and a deal was made that they would do more cycling. Shortly afterwards, her father bought her a track bike, which got her into track cycling.

Andrews won four medals, including two gold at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships. Competing in the Izu Velodrome, she won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women's Keirin. She had to go through the repechage to progress to quarter and semi finals. In the final, she moved into second place with two laps to go and held that place.

Major results

2016
UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team sprint
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2017
UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit
2018
Oceania Track Cycling Championships
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2019
UCI Track Cycling World Cup
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team Pursuit (Hong Kong)
2021
2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
2nd Silver medal olympic.svg Keirin

Awards

Andrews won Secondary School Sportswoman of the Year at the February 2018 Waikato Regional Sports Awards. A week later, she won the Emerging Talent award at the Halberg Awards.

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