Paige Paterson

Paige Paterson

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oceania Track Cycling Championships 2012

November 30, 2011

I have just finished up at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships held down in Invercargill last week. The Oceania’s attract the best of Australia and New Zealand, especially this year when Olympic Qualifying points were on the line.  It was quite special to be amongst the NZ Elite team.  This year was especially exciting as the carnival was going beserk with multiple national records being broken daily and the Kiwis beating the Aussies.

It was a great trip away with the New Zealand U19 team, and some new riders who replaced the older U19’s who have now moved out of the team.  The atmosphere was buzzing with fun and encouragement.

I came away with 3 Gold Medals, in the three Under 19 sprint events. First up was the Team Sprint with my New Zealand team mate Kate Dunlevey. We qualified in first position and rode off against the Australia pairing (one of which was in the Australian team at the Junior World Championships with me last August) to secure the gold by a close 0.098 of a second in the afternoon session.

Kate and I during the change over of the Team Sprint final

Later in the evening was the Individual 500m time trial final. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with my legs rather heavy after two team sprints in them but I was more than happy with the outcome of first place, winning by over half a second.

Me after the 500m Time Trial

The 500m Time Trial Podium

Next up was the Elite Women’s Keirin where all the U19 girls competed against the Elite women and I had nothing to loose in one of my favourite events. There was some very tough competition with Natasha Hansen from New Zealand in some incredible form and the Australian’s not willing to give an inch. I made it through the heats and semi finals to be the only Under 19 competing in the final in the night session. I was really happy with how I raced it but a tad guttered to miss out on the bronze by a tyre width, with Natasha in 1st and two Aussies in 2nd and 3rd.

The final day was the individual Sprint event.  I top qualified, to progress to the main draw which is one against one match riding, and you have to win two out of the three races to progress.  I went through the quarter finals, semi-finals, and finals, beating my opponents in every ride, to claim the Gold.

During the final of the Sprints

I was feeling great the whole competition, better than I ever had. I recently went to a nutritionist, who has had a huge impact on my recovery and although it is a lot of food to consume, I am definitely seeing the improvements in my trainings and most of all my results at the Oceania’s. 

Next up is a rest and time off (yay!) for a week, and then it will be back to training. There is nothing like getting time to freshen up, reflect and then get back into it.

School prize giving is early in December and I am chuffed to have scored an academic prize as well as winning St Cuthbert’s outstanding sportswoman for the 2nd year running.

Thanks so much for your support this year.  It has given me the competition I needed to go to the next level.  I hope you have a very Happy Christmas.


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