By David Gold

simone kennedy_23_FebFebruary 24 - The coach of Simone Kennedy (pictured), who competed at the recent Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, has said she must keep her feet on the ground in the months leading up to London 2012.

Kennedy took gold in the 500 metres time trial and the three kilometres individual pursuit in what was the 19-year-old's first international cycling competition.

The Australian has epilepsy and cerebral palsy, and her coach Peter Brooks has told her to remain grounded.

"She is now a dual world champion," he told the Blacktown Sun.

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"It's very exciting, especially coming into selection for London.

"It's important to stress she's not an overnight success.

"She's worked very hard to get that result.

"This was her first international competition and she's won.

"It's easy to think 'Oh, wow,' but it was all on the cards based on her training and preparation."

Kennedy still has to wait for selection from Cycling Australia's board and Australian Paralympic Committee, who will make their decision in a few months' time, just before London 2012.

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