Dual Olympian Glaetzer sets sights on Tokyo despite cancer diagnosis


Then comes the Australian round in Brisbane from December 13 to 15, a key stepping stone for the national track team en route to Tokyo.

After Brisbane, Glaetzer will go on a course of radioactive iodine tablets for his cancer treatment.

“It helps me to deal with it if I downplay it,” Glaetzer said. “Obviously I know it’s very serious but, at the same time, it’s very treatable.

“So it is now about what’s the plan from here, how can I minimise its impact on myself as an athlete because I don’t want to stop being an athlete anytime soon – I love what I do.

“I’m not going to stop chasing the Olympics and trying to be the best in the world – it’s what I love to do.”

A deeply religious man, Glaetzer has drawn on his faith to help deal with his diagnosis and treatment.

“I figured there’s nothing I can do about it – at this point worrying about it wasn’t going to make it better,” he said. “So I drew on my faith in God. I knew that He had it under control.”

Glaetzer is grateful for the strong backing he has, including from across the cycling community.

“The support network I have is incredible, the coaches, the medical staff and my church community who I told about the details have given me support,” he said.

“It was a really good tight-knit group of people who were close to me and that were supporting me through the secret stage and keeping it under wraps up until the surgery.

“It’s a pretty massive elephant in the room for me, so it helped me knowing my teammates knew, so if I got upset or if they saw something a bit unusual on a normal training day, they would know why and that helped me.”

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