1998 Junior World Champion, Australian Rahna Demarte, has been accepted into the Drapac-Porsche Development Program as an elite rider. Demarte is making a return to cycling after spending four years establishing other aspects of her life, including study. Rahna is currently at Victoria University completing a double degree (Bachelor of Business - Event Management and Bachelor of Arts - Sports Administration).
"This really means a lot to me," said Rahna, adding that she is aiming to again represent Australia at the World Track Titles. She also spends a lot of her spare time doing volunteer work, which includes assignments for Cyclesport Victoria (team manager) and the National Basketball League (group leader-event organiser).
Drapac-Porsche Development Program director and sponsor, Michael Drapac, was very pleased with Rahna's placement in the program. "Rahna has all the qualities outlined by our program philosophy, having invested a great deal of time and energy into developing all aspects of her life," said Drapac. "She also brings the program a level of maturity and leadership that will benefit all program members. We look forward to working with her."