Brunswick’s Juniors Do Well at Nationals
The National Junior Track Championships provided 4 days of great racing where each of the Brunswick kids who proudly pulled on a Victorian skinsuit, Emily Dunk, Greta Curran, Ruby Roseman-Gannon & Ryan Schilt came away with many PBs and great experiences racing against top Juniors from all around the country.
Day 1 the U15W 200m sprint races saw the girls up first with great qualifying times PBs. The girls were placed respectable 5th (Ruby) and Greta 9th. Ryan’s PB time of 12.166 sec was enough for him to take the bronze medal, 0.28sec behind the new Australian record set by Cameron Scott in 1st place.
Day 2 U15W pursuit Ruby qualified 3rd and went on to win a hard fought bronze medal in the finals. Emily also put in a great effort to finish 11th while Ryan raced the 500m TT with a 4th place time of 37.021sec, just 0.11sec away from a bronze medal. Day 3 saw the U15W race the 500m TT with placings of Ruby 7th & Greta 13th. Is there a theme going here with the girls all preferring odd number placings? Ryan, not to feel left out with the odd numbers, achieved a respectable 9th in the 2km Pursuit.
The final day of the Nationals saw Ruby & Ryan riding in the 5km Scratch races as preludes to the 114th Austral. DISC was packed and while most people were there to see the seniors ride, the Junior races certainly provided excitement for the crowd. The U15M’s races was fast paced from the start. Ryan was well positioned for most of the race staying close to Cameron Scott as he was the one to beat. Four laps to go Ryan was boxed in as they came around to the back straight and Tom McFarlane made a move over the top taking everyone by surprise. Cam gave chase and the race was on. Ryan finally managed to get out but there was not enough time to make up the ground and came across the line 6th.
U15W Scratch started a slower affair with the girls happy to just ride around. Also with 4 laps to go, Ruby decided she was a bit tired of this slow pace and took off taking the race to the WA girls who had been strong throughout the competition. The reaction was as expected and the pace was certainly picked up and we had a race on our hands. Ruby held on for a couple of laps but in the end the WA girls again proved too strong with Ruby finishing a great 4th.
All of the Juniors were fantastic in not only representing Victoria but also Brunswick. They have all grown enormously from the experiences. As one boy said, “bring on next year!” so great was the experience and friendships made during the 4 days. Congratulations to all the Juniors.
– Soulla Schilt & Andrew Gannon