Rebecca Henderson made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London
Games after landing her first U23 World Cup podium just months before the Games
with a bronze medal in Houffalize, Belgium. The 20-year-old from Canberra rode
that form into the London and finished 25th overall behind world U23 Champion
Julie Bresset, who led from start to finish to take the gold medal ahead of
Beijing Champion Sabine Spitz of Germany.
Henderson won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and after winning four of the five 2015/16 National Series events claimed her first World Cup podium with a bronze medal in Cairns in early 2016. Those results saw her claim Australia’s only female mountain bike spot for the Rio 2016 Games. It was a tough second Olympic campaign for Henderson who, after falling too far behind the leaders due to a back injury, was forced to withdraw in 25th position.