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Meares does lap of honour at Qld velodrome

AAP logoAAP 12/11/2016 Rachael Burnett

Queensland cycling star Anna Meares temporarily came out of retirement to do a celebration lap at a velodrome named in her honour.

Meares, who announced her retirement from cycling at the age of 33 last month, she said was honoured and thanked the public for their support.

She said that retiring before the 2018 Commonwealth Games was a tough decision but that training has taken a toll on her body.

After officially unveiling the new facility she did three laps of honour around the track, high-fiving her fans as she whizzed around the circuit.

The $59 million word-class facility at Chandler will host the track cycling competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It's a fitting tribute to the Queensland-born golden girl, the most decorated woman in Olympic cycling with two gold, a silver and three bronze medals.

It was also announced that Meares will be an ambassador at the 2018 games.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that when she told Meares that the facility would be named in her honour the cycling champion broke down in tears.

"This is a tremendous honour, one that I know Anna will treasure for years and years to come," she added.

A group of Aboriginal dancers performed a traditional blessing of the land in front of a crowd of hundreds, including members of Meares' family, at the official opening on Saturday.

The velodrome is the second of three new venues to be completed for the Gold Coast Games.

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