Maeve Plouffe | Australian Olympic Committee

Maeve's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Cycling – Track
Event: Endurance
Olympic History: Olympic Debutante 
Year Born: 1999
State Born: New South Wales    


About Maeve

Maeve Plouffe was attracted to cycling for its variety, but it wasn’t her first sport of choice. An avid swimmer, Plouffe attended an identification testing session offered through the South Australian Sports Institute because she thought it might kickstart a career in rowing. Despite her initial reluctance, Plouffe decided to give cycling a go and she was hooked soon after. 

Plouffe’s early years in the sport were a struggle as she transitioned from the pool to the track. Fitness wasn’t the issue, but the rules and tactics of track cycling presented a new challenge. 

A sport with a dual purpose, Plouffe can train while exploring the outdoors and unlike swimming, which she found repetitive, cycling gives her the chance to train for long kilometres on the road or sprint and pursuit on the track. 


A member of Cycling Australia’s Podium Potential Academy, Plouffe made her elite debut at the 2019 Track World Cup in Brisbane. She teamed with the experienced Georgia Baker, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly to win gold in the women’s Team Pursuit final against New Zealand.

In 2020, Plouffe attended her maiden World Championships where she finished fifth in the Team Pursuit. Plouffe made an impression when she finished in the top ten in the Individual Pursuit and set a new personal best. The Australian champion clocked 3mins 26.742secs which was five seconds better than the time she set four months earlier.  

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