Cyclist Chris Wilson’s selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games team for Brisbane 82 was a further sporting highlight. In the games cycling trials, Wilson won the 10,000 metres event. Wilson, a senior rider at Bankstown, finished second in the Australian Track Pursuits Teams race, third in the Time Trial and second in the Sprint.
Soon cycling was to benefit from a new Olympic-standard cycling track at the Canterbury Velodrome close to Tempe Railway Station. The Bankstown Cycling Club was the first to conduct a cycling carnival at the Velodrome, with a grand Opening Night on October 13, 1982 – and thereafter with plenty of successful Wednesday nights of racing.
Seventeen year old Bruce Keech kept Bankstown Sports to the fore when he was selected to ride for Australia in the World Junior Championships in France. Keech had won numerous state titles and finished second to Victoria’s world champion Dean Roods in the Australian 3000m pursuit. Another cyclist, 15-year old Quinten Abel, won the NSW Sprint Championships in his first year with the club.