A strong South Australian Junior State Team has been selected to take on Track Nationals, to be held at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane in mid-March.
The team builds on the work done over the past three years by the clubs and coaches, with several strong medal prospects in multiple categories.
The Junior women will be headlined by Mount Gambier Cycling Clubs Tess Wight and a recent addition South Australian cycling in Meg Marker (South Coast Cycling Club). Tess has continued her steady progression through the sport, which has seen her claim medals in two of the past three national championships that she has competed in.
With the addition of Marker to the team, who is coming off a similar run of successes, the duo will be in with a strong chance of a medal in a variety of events. They will be joined by Jacqueline Voltz (PACC) who has been a regular in SA State Teams over the past four years and Quenby Schmitz (Whyalla CC) who will be hungry for success after breaking her collarbone in the lead up to the 2019 Championships.
The Junior Men will also be in contention for medals, particularly in the sprint events where Maxwell Liebeknecht is continuing to get faster as he makes the transition from Motocross. He’ll be teaming up with WCC’s Dylan Stanton, SCCC’s Jamie Anderson and Hamish Barton in the sprint events, with several of these riders also earmarked to ride the endurance events. Leo Zimmerman (NCC) joins the team to headline the endurance events, recovering from a broken hand that held him out of the State Titles. Willis Lienert (PACC) makes his first appearance in the state team, to round out the U17 men.
In the U15’s we see several first-time state team representatives. In the U15 Girls, Riegan Stanton joins older brother Dylan to make her debut, with Annabelle Kelly (NCC) and Anna Gray also making their debuts.
The U15 boys will see Wil Holmes (South Coast CC) in with a medal chance in several events, demonstrated by the fact that he broke Callum Scotson’s state individual pursuit record after at the State titles in December. William Mathwin (South Coast CC) and Niel van Niekerk will both be making their debuts at a national level, and are expected to be competitive across a range of events.
The team will be supported by the Team manager and head Coach Mark Chadwick, Jess Mundy, Che Thomas, Braden O’Shea, and Kerran Oates, meaning that they will have no shortage of experience to draw on.
As always, selection decisions are very difficult. Cycling South Australia would like to pass on their congratulations to all who made the team but also pass on our commiserations to all those who missed out in 2020.
Photos: Andy Rogers
2020 Junior State Team
- William Mathwin (SCCC)
- Niel van Niekerk (MGCC
- Wil Homes (SCCC)
- Riegan Stanton (WCC)
- Anna Rose Gray (PACC)
- Annabelle Kelly (NCC)
- Maxwell Liebeknecht (PACC)
- Leo Zimmerman (NCC)
- Jaimie Anderson (SCCC)
- Dylan Stanton (WCC)
- Hamish Barton (SCCC)
- Willis Lienert (PACC)
- Quenby Schmitz (WCC)
- Jacqueline Voltz (PACC)
- Meg Marker (SCCC)
- Tess Wight (MGCC)
About Junior Track Nationals
Junior Track National Championships runs from 18-22 March, held at the Anna Meares Velodrome, Brisbane. Tickets are available at the door for $10.DAILY SCHEDULES