Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Young Australian of the Year
State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2014
A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Caroline Buchanan has been competing on the BMX track since she was just five years old. Bikes – both mountain and BMX – are Caroline’s favourite things. Caroline holds a total of five Elite World Championships in three separate cycling disciplines. She also made history in 2013 by claiming world titles in BMX and four cross mountain biking just two months apart. Caroline is also seven times Australian BMX and Mountain Bike Rider of the Year, and represented Australia in BMX at the 2012 London Olympics. Disappointed with placing fifth in London, Caroline set herself the challenge of competing at the highest international level at three World Championship events in 56 days. In July 2013, she achieved a lifetime goal, being named Elite Women’s BMX World Champion. Caroline gives back to her sport by coaching and mentoring young riders at her local club, around Australia and internationally. An impressive ambassador for her sport, Caroline is an inspiration to riders worldwide.