'Better than any medal': Aussie Olympic champion's baby joy

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Olympic champion Anna Meares has welcomed her first child to the world, announcing the birth of Evelyn Bette Meares Flyger on her Instagram page.

The baby girl, who Meares had with her partner, Australian national sprint cycling coach Nick Flyger, was born in the wee hours of Monday morning.

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“Better than any medal or title I have ever won, The day that I became a mum,” Meares wrote, captioning the image of the young family.

“@nick_flyger and I are thrilled to share the safe arrival of our daughter Evelyn Bette Meares Flyger. Born 1207am 10/02/2020 weighing 3.39kg.”

Australian cycling champion Anna Meares has announced the birth of her first child, Evelyn, on Instagram Picture: @annameares/Instagram

Plenty of Australian sporting stars were quick to congratulate the couple on the safe arrival of their child, including the likes of Casey Dellacqua and Mick Fanning.

“Congratulations … she is gorgeous. And good job Mama. Lots of love to you all,” Dellacqua wrote in the comments.

“I can’t wipe the smile off my face. So precious! Congratulations Anna and Nick. She is SO CUTE,” runner Jessica Stenson added.

Meares revealed her pregnancy back in September, sharing her excitement about being a mother and starting a family in an interview with The Advertiser.

“In context of titles, being a parent, for Nick being a dad and me being a mum, I would put that above everything I’ve ever done,” she said.

“In some ways, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get this chance so it’s really special now that we have.”

Whether or not the Olympic star’s first child being born in an Olympic year is a sign of things to come, only time will tell.