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Jamieson making a comeback
Melbourne - Disgraced Australian Olympic cyclist
Mark Jamieson will compete in tomorrow
night's Melbourne Madison as he starts his comeback in the sport.
Jamieson is a late entrant for the event at the Joe Ciavola Velodrome in suburban
Thornbury and will partner Jamie Crass in the hour-long race.
The 26-year-old, formerly of Acacia Hills, became eligible to race again
on January 27 after he had served a two-year Cycling Australia ban for misconduct.
In July last year, Jamieson received a suspended two-and-a-half year jail sentence for
child sex offences.
He was also placed on a non- parole period of 12 months and a three-year
good behaviour bond.
Jamieson pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse
with a 15-year-old girl and one count of indecent assault in Adelaide between November 2008
and January 2009.
The Tasmanian had become involved in a sexual relationship with one
girl after returning from the Beijing Olympics and later tried to kiss
another 15-year-old girl.
Before the charges were laid, Jamieson was a rising star of Australian
cycling and had performed well at the Beijing Games.
He had also won a senior world track title in the 4000metres team pursuit.
The madison will also feature national junior champion Rick Sanders,
the son of renowned cycling coach Dave Sanders, while Glenn O'Shea will also
continue his comeback.
German Leif Lampater and Dutchman Leon Van Bon are the ones to beat in the madison.
The evening's racing will also feature the Sid Patterson Grand Prix 2000metres handicap event.
Cyclist Mark Jamieson avoids jail
Olympic cyclist Mark Jamieson has avoided a jail term for child sex offences that have wrecked his international cycling career.
Jamieson, 26, pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl and one count of indecent assault in Adelaide between November 2008 and January 2009.
The Tasmanian had become involved in a sexual relationship with one girl after returning from the Beijing Olympics and later tried to kiss another 15-year-old girl, South Australia's District Court was told.
Judge Mark Griffin on Tuesday imposed a sentence of two years and six months, with a non-parole period of 12 months.
The sentence was suspended, with Jamieson being placed on a three-year good behaviour bond.
Judge Griffin said he accepted Jamieson's first victim was a willing participant.
"You each shared romantic, emotional and sexual feelings for each other," he said.
"But as the adult you should never have allowed it to develop into a sexual relationship."
Jamieson's offending had taken a toll on the victims and their families, causing emotional and psychological harm, he said.
But the judge said they did not want him to go to jail and bore him no malice.
He said Jamieson had become swept up in the relationship and lacked the necessary wisdom and maturity to behave appropriately.
Judge Griffin said Jamieson had led an unusual life, with his dedication to a singular sporting activity at a time when most young men were maturing and developing emotionally.
That had prompted serious psychological problems with the cyclist suffering from a bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and harbouring suicidal thoughts over a long period of time.
The allegations against Jamieson first emerged in February 2009, after he was picked to ride in the world championships.
He stepped down, citing personal reasons, and surrendered his professional cycling licence.
In 2008, he had been one of Australia's best performers in a disappointing Olympic campaign.
In 2006, he had also been part of Australia's team pursuit line-up that won the world championship, while in 2002 he won the junior world title for the individual pursuit.
But Judge Griffin said Jamieson's offending had almost certainly ended his international career, taking with it his professional livelihood.
"You have already lost much of what you had," the judge said.
At a previous court hearing Jamieson accepted full responsibility for his actions and described how his life would never be the same.
"Life takes its twists and turns to test us and change us into better people," he said.
"I would like to say sorry to the two girls, their families, my family and my friends for all the pain that I have caused."
Cycling Australia says any application by Jamieson to return to racing will be considered by the organisation's disciplinary committee.
A spokeswoman says the rider has gone through the criminal process but still has a case to answer for breaching Cycling Australia's by-laws.
"He hasn't answered that case in terms of Cycling Australia yet," she said.
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