Thu, May 6, 2021

For proof of our all-rounded and inclusive culture at Sheldon College, one need look no further than Year 11 student, Bailey Meares. This young up and coming athlete is blazing a trail in the mountain biking arena, whilst still managing to be heavily involved in College life.

Bailey has exhibited promising performances over the past few years in his mountain biking career, taking home bronze in Under 19 and Under 21 Divisions in various competitions. Bailey also recently competed at Nationals in Tasmania where he took a shot at qualifying for World Championships. Competing in the Under 19 Men’s Division, Bailey was one of the youngest riders, and while he narrowly missed out on selection for the National Team, Bailey hopes to return in 2022 to secure his spot.  

On top of all his tremendous mountain biking achievements, Bailey is involved in Sheldon College’s Senior musicals, various vocal ensembles, ASTA Professionals Combined Performing Arts Program, co-curricular technology initiatives and 2021’s inaugural Aspiring Athletes program. With mountain biking not being a current College sport, Bailey is particularly excited to have been accepted into the Aspiring Athletes Program, saying it makes him feel included in Sheldon College’s sporting community; something that has not been possible to date.  

Whilst Bailey trains over 20 hours a week, he believes in making time for the things he is passionate about. Bailey is currently performing as part of the cast of the Senior College Musical, Les Misérables. In the words of Director of Co-Curricular, Darren Harvey, “Bailey is a true renaissance man who looks as comfortable on a mountain bike as he does on a stage.”   

With plans to compete in the All-Schools National MTB for Sheldon College in August, as well as competitions in Canberra and New Zealand towards the end of the year, 2021 is set to be an eventful year for Bailey. We wish him all the best with his upcoming competitions and can’t wait to see where Bailey’s Mountain Biking career takes him.