Cyclists from the NSW Institute of Sport have put on a solid showing at the AusCycling Track Nationals held at Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.
In total NSWIS athletes took home seven gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals across all Elite and U/19 team and individual events.
Kalinda Robinson and Tyler Puzicha combined with their NSW teammate to take the first gold medal of the event for NSWIS riders in the U19 Women’s Team Sprint which would set the pace for the sprinters for the remainder of the week and also go on to take silver and bronze respectively in both the U19 Time Trial and Sprint events.
Thomas Cornish was in stellar form taking out the Elite Men’s 1000m Time Trial Final in near record time of 59.598 just two-tenths outside the Australian record set at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and his first time sub-60 seconds.
Cornish would go on to combine with fellow NSWIS riders, Charles Hofman and John Trovas to take gold in the hotly contested Elite Men’s Team Sprint.
While Cornish was nearing records in the Elite division his flying 200 championship record was snatched by fellow NSWIS rider Daniel Barber who went 10.254 to set a new benchmark. Barber would go on to successfully defend all three of his U19 2020 titles taking gold in the Sprint, Keirin and TT events.
Kaarle McCulloch had a strong return to racing taking bronze in the Elite Women’s Sprint. Great to see Kaarle back on the track and working hard towards Tokyo.
Adding to the medal haul was a number of podium finishes for NSWIS Track Endurance riders with gold in the U19 Scratch Race (Dylan Eather), bronze in the Elite Men Team Pursuit (Kurt Eather, Daniel Gandy, Ben Harvey, Rohan Haydon Smith and Devraj Grewal), silver in Elite Women’s Omnium (Emily Watts), silver in Elite Men’s Points Race (Kurt Eather) and bronze in U19 Womens Scratch Race (Sarah Cliff) to name a few.
A big shout out to NSWIS Head Coaches Sean Eadie and Rebecca Dicello and team support Antony Stadnyk for leading the NSW team to its success.