Thirty-eight-year old Australian Grand Prix rider Brett Parbery had a bitter pill to swallow when he missed out on team selection for the 2008 Olympic Games. But Parberry wisely handled the situation and turned the experience into an important lesson for his future endeavours. "It is one of those classic scenarios that I learned more from not making the team, than I would have by making the team," he admitted. "I learn from my mistakes and will try never to make them again. I gained a lot of experience from the trip and pre-Olympic selections so overall I am better for it. I will be giving my all for London, but a lot can happen between now and then."
The Australian selection committee had to face tough criticism from riders, supporters, and even bystanders during and after the team selection. Brett regrets that the selectors fear openness and transparency.