PSC Athlete Update - August 2013
Performance Sport Canterbury (PSC) athletes have recorded some notable achievements over the past month.
Canoeists Lucy Johnson and Danielle Currie are competing at the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships.
The women provided this update: “The event will be held 1-4 August on the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course. Canoe Niagara will be the first Canoe Sprint World Championships to combine both Junior and Under 23 age categories into one large event, setting a standard for future organisations to match. Canoe Niagara is also the qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympics, taking place in Nanjing, China.”
Currie missed competing at Czech Nationals as planned due to a health scare, however was released from hospital in time to race as part of a winning team in the Open K4 500m final.
PSC cyclists Connor Stead and Alex Hooper are also competing on the world stage in August, in the Junior Track World Championships.
Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy’s Velodrome is hosting the 2013 UCI Junior Track World Championships. Competing over five days from 7-11 August, the future stars of track cycling take to the circuit that will host track cycling during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Christchurch's Connor Stead has become part of NZ's silver medal-winning team to take the podium in Scotland this month. The BikeNZ quartet of Liam Aitcheson(Alexandra), Regan Gough (Central Hawkes Bay), Josh Haggerty (Invercargill) and Connor Stead (Christchurch) won the silver medal in the final of the team pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
This from Stead: "Quick rundown of my worlds...I was riding in the team pursuit team yesterday (7 August). We managed to qualify in 2nd place, behind the Australian team. We went into the ride off with high hopes but the Aussies rode an amazing race and we ended up coming 2nd overall. Took awhile to see the bright side as we were all a bit gutted for bein runners up...But now I look back onto it I realise you can't really complain about 2nd in the world. Another positive is that I have another year as a junior to focus on getting to that top step! Today I raced the individual pursuit...I was hammered from yesterday and the track was running very slow...I went backward...I went nearly 10s slower than my pb...which i was absolutely gutted about but at least i can go away from the championships with something!"
Athletics’ Rosa Flanagan competed at the IAAF World Youth Championships in France.
“At World Youths the 1500m didn’t turn out how I had planned, as I got tripped up in the first 20m which put me about six seconds back. I didn’t end up qualifying for the finals which I was really gutted about. I went in 12th and came out 20th. But it was a great experience and, in a way, was good for me to experience something like this at a major competition.”
Mountain bikers Ben and Craig Oliver are preparing for the World Cross Country Championship in South Africa at the end of August, racing on the 29th and returning to New Zealand on September 2nd. In two U19 World MTB Cup races in May, Ben finished 10th (Germany) and 14th (Czech Republic).
Triathlon’s Laura Wood and Mike Phillips competed in China’s Elite Triathlon; Wood took 3rd amongst elite women while Phillips placed 10th in the men’s event.
David Corrocos (Weight Lifting) took gold at this month’s South Island Championship event. He lifted 121kg in the snatch and 180 in the clean and jerk. Corrocos is ranked 9th for the one lifter per nation rankings in the Commonwealth in the 105+ class.
In Skeet Shooting, Chloe Tipple is kicking off the season by heading to Peru in September for the World Champs. She has also been selected for the A-team to compete at the Oceania Champs in Sydney at the start of December.
Photo: Danielle Currie (Canoe Racing), Czech Nationals 2013, Gold Medal Open K4 500m
About Performance Sport Canterbury
In partnership with High Performance Sport New Zealand, Sport Canterbury has created an opportunity for accelerated development in response to the issue many talented South Islanders face – head north or miss out on valuable support and performance opportunities.
Performance Sport Canterbury (PSC) addresses a recognised gap between participation and high performance.
This new performance programme is based on individual development, with sport-specific aspects managed by Regional Sporting Organisations.
For more information please contact Sport Canterbury’s Anna Galvan.