Cyclist at top of his game

Published date11 August 2022
Publication titleSouthland Express
The 23-year-old won gold as part of the New Zealand Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit and silver in the Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit

He also set a personal best and, for a moment, broke the Commonwealth Games record in his qualifying heat in 4.8 seconds, which was later topped by fellow Kiwi cyclist Aaron Gate with 4.7 seconds.

His parents, Paul and Theresa Sexton, have been watching Tom progress as a cyclist since he first hopped on a bike at 8 years old.

Watching him on the television while he competed at the Commonwealth Games was a cause for celebration in itself — watching him win was a bonus.

Mr Sexton said Tom had spoken with his parents over video chat following his gold medal race, and he was fairly relaxed about the win.

‘‘He was pretty calm because he was prepared. He was just getting ready for the next day to race the individual, so it was pretty calm.

‘‘I think he had expectations of doing very well on it. They knew they’d trained well, they knew they could do that time.’’

Mr Sexton said Tom was a highly focused cyclist, and had worked with a roadmap for most of his career.

‘‘He’s been in Europe for two years racing on road now, and he’s seen massive improvements in his track stuff. He commented once that you can do a better job for the team now he’s a lot stronger because of his two years on road in Europe.’’

Cycling Southland development coach Glen Thompson said it...

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