Paige Paterson

Paige Paterson

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Last update from the Junior World Champs

Yesterday was the last day of racing including my 500m time trial to be held in the night session. It was sure to be a good last day with both the men’s keirin and men’s Madison to watch. The track was feeling a lot slower due to the rain and a lower temperature outside so gear selection was critical. I finished in 11th place, happy with how my ride went J the Russian girl who won, set a new World Record of 34.7 seconds! A very fast time! The boy’s Madison was very exciting with Alex Frame and Fraser Gough representing New Zealand. Fraser came down in a crash early on, recovered quickly and then they started their charge to take our second place in the Junior World Madison Champs, only one point off the rainbow jersey. Overall New Zealand came away with 10 medals from the championships which is double the previous record from a New Zealand junior world’s campaign. This medal tally wouldn’t have been possible without all of the support staff and coaches who made our jobs so much less stressful getting to the start line. I cant thank our support staff and my NZ junior sprint coach, JR, enough for making my time overseas enjoyable including a lot of humour which made everyday one to remember.

Today is the start to the long haul home. Plenty of hours to reflect upon the amazing experience I have gained overseas. Thank you so much to everyone for all your support. Sitting in the start line on numerous occasions during the world champs hearing Pokerekereanoa playing with the Haka in the background, knowing you were all behind me was inspirational towards my performances. And last of all I would like to thanks my friends and family. To all of my New Zealand team-mates for making the low moment’s highs, the memories and never ending laughs taken away from this trip I will never forget. Mum and Dad, thank you for believing in me and always being there for me. Looking up into the crowd everyday and seeing all the NZ support was awesome! All the hard work, long hours and preparation my personal coach Damien Wiseman put into me, I am truly grateful for and feel privileged to be working along side such a great coach.

From here.. well I arrive in Auckland midweek to continue with school Hockey Nationals – arrival time 9am – game time 2pm! Don’t worry my hockey stick travelled overseas in my bike box with me! Then some time off to relax for a couple of weeks before heading over to Australia for a cycling Grand prix in October to kick of the track cycling season again!

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