Day One – 28/03/19
The first day of competition kicked off to a good start for Phoebe Sharpe who clocked a new PB in the JW17 Sprint Qualifiers, she was unlucky to just miss out on qualifying through to the next round. John Carter was next up for the JM17 Sprint Qualifiers and delivered the 6th fastest time to easily move through to the next round where, unfortunately, he missed out on winning his match sprint against Alex Jones (VIC). Sally Carter, Zara Williamson & Eve Dal Passo were next up to fly the WA flag in the JW15 500m TT Final. In the JM15 2000m IP, Nick Bolt rode a brilliant time of 2:44.620, showcasing his level of endurance to place 9th best overall. Nick showed great potential in the IP considering his inexperience in this particular discipline.
Both Zara and Eve rode strongly and beat their personal best times for the event from State Champs earlier in the year. Sally posted a scorching 39.395 to take the silver medal and was incredibly excited to win her first medal of the competition.
In the JM15 500m TT it was Nick Bolt & Jack Barnsley’s time to shine. They both put in strong rides and bested their previous best times to finish 14th and 16th respectively. Jack was particularly happy to pip Nick on this occasion. In the JW15 Points race, WA had a three-pronged attack with Zara and Eve working together early to keep the pace high for Sally, Zara put in a massive effort to string the bunch out and helped Sally take the bronze medal in a very exciting race.
Day Two – 29/03/19
The first event saw Sally Carter qualify second fastest in the JW15 Sprint Qualifiers (13.101). Zara Williamson posted a great time of 14.508 to qualify 13th fastest whilst Eve was unlucky to miss out on moving to the next round despite clocking a PB. Jack Barnesly also qualified at 13th fastest in his JM15 Sprint event. Jack and Zara were unlucky to miss out on winning their match sprints whilst Sally went unbeaten in her match sprint heats to the gold medal final only to be beaten by Tatarinoff (NSW) and take the silver medal. John Carter road a respectable 7th place in the JW17 500m TT final unable to match the pure sprinters top speed but again showing consistency across the events.
Over to the JM17 2000m IP and we now stepped into John’s wheelhouse where he (despite doubting his time would be enough) put down a 2:20.441 to move into the bronze medal ride off. In the JM15 points race final, Nick was focused in his warm-up leading into the event. Nick showed some good speed in the race and had the bunch strung out multiple times throughout the race in a great showing. The bronze medal ride off for the JM17 2000m IP was next and John was ready to back up his 2:20. His opponent Tarun Cook (VIC) started strongly and was up .94 after the first 3 laps however, John maintained his schedule and clawed back lap by lap. Displaying his impressive repeatability, John motored to another 2:20 (.618) ride to claim bronze over the Victorian rider, who faded after lap 4. The whole WA team impressed and John was very proud to win the bronze!
Phoebe Sharpe was next up to compete in the JW17 500m TT. Phoebe was focused on her goal to beat her PB from State Champs. She achieved her goal with a time of 41.167 beating her PB and finishing in 20th place in the process amongst a fast field.
After a long day of competition, the team returned for some much-needed food and our world-class chaperone Lorraine was on hand to fuel the kids up for day three’s events.
Day Three – 30/03/19
Day three kicked off with the JW15 IP. Sally Carter posted the second fastest time of 2:45.026 to secure a place in the gold medal ride off. Following her IP Sally won her first heat in the JW15 Keirin with the help of Zara who shot like a cannon to string the bunch out for Sally. It was a great display of teamwork from WA! Jack Barnsley was next up in his JM15 Keirin heat and moved onto the next round with ease. Nick Bolt drew a tough group of 4 in his heat and just missed out on moving into round 2.
Like Nick, Phoebe Sharpe drew a strong group of 6 in the JW17 Keirin where the top 4 go through to round 2. Phoebe showed good speed but was just outgunned and placed 5th in her heat. In the JM17 Keirin, John Carter moved with ease into the next round placing 2nd in his heat.
Sally then had her gold medal ride off for the JW15 IP final. Sally maintained a good pace early and clawed back some time on her rival Keira Will bringing her from .84 down to .46 in the mid-way part of the event. Keira proved too strong in the end and Sally secured another fantastic result with the silver medal. Next up was the second round of the Keirins. Jack Barnsley road a great race but was unable to move into the next round and turned his focus to the day fours 7-10th ride off. Sally won her second round to move ahead into the final 6!
In the JM17 Keirin, John was in a tough group of some big sprinters where the top 3 advanced. Unfortunately, he missed out by one place coming 4th and entered into the 7-12th ride off.
The final event of the day for Western Australia was tasked to John Carter in the JM17 points race. After a very dynamic event, John finished on 5 points in 7th place riding as one of two states with one rider in the event. The highlight was John taking maximum points on the 3rd sprint of the night with a strong solo move.
Anna Meares attended the event to present the medals at the presentations. Our own Phoebe Sharpe was quick to spot her and they managed to grab a few autographs and pictures with the Aussie Track legend. Whilst most of the team got their race numbers signed, Nick went ahead and got Anna to sign the back of his phone!
Day Four – 31/03/19
The final day of Nationals began with the scratch race finals. Sally, Zara & Eve lined out for WA with a plan to work together for a result for Sally. Zara and Eve kept the pace high rolling turns in the bunch before the final lap Sally was able to take away 3rd place and the bronze medal off the back of great teamwork from Zara & Eve. Nick and Jack were next up in the JM15 scratch race, Jack was unlucky to crash (no injuries minus a few splinters) and DNF whilst Nick put in a great ride again showing his willingness to race and take an aggressive approach. Nick finished 13th place. In the JW17 race, Phoebe Sharpe showed she wasn’t afraid to get amongst the action, moving comfortably through the bunch throughout the race, she managed to finish 16th in another solid display.
The final events for the day were the Keirin finals and 7-12 ride offs. Sally Carter was determined to finally nab the top spot after so many podiums already. In her last chance, she rode a perfect race to outsmart and pace her main rival Keira Will and take top spot and the National title for the JW15 Keirin. Sally finished a narrow second place in the Champion of Champions for overall points for her JW15 category.
The ride off for 7-12th place in the JM15 Kerin final was a very fast affair, Jack Barnsley saved his best for last to take second place in his final against some quick lads. A great result! We finished our final race of the competition off with style as John Carter absolutely smoked his competitors in the JM17 Keirin ride off for 7-10th place.
Despite bringing over a small squad to represent WA this year, we came away with big results. Each of our riders had varying levels of experience competing in national level competition whilst personal ambitions were spread from beating PB times to chasing the gold medal result. If we were not winning medals we were breaking PB’s and absorbing valuable experience to further improve. Well done the WA Junior State Track Team.
To finish, I would like to thank all the parents who came across to Brisbane and their help and support throughout the trip. A HUGE thank you to our WA chaperone Lorraine Williamson. Lorraine put in a massive shift this nationals trip coordinating all the meals for the kids and support staff and was a huge help to myself personally. Thanks to our State Coach Matt Storer who guided the team to achieve some excellent results. Thanks to our Road & Track General Manager Glenn Te Raki for his help throughout the trip, Glenn was a massive help supporting Matt & I. Lastly, thanks to all the riders on the team, absolute gold level personalities and we all look forward to watching your progression as athletes in the future.
WA Junior State Track Team Manager