Two Southland riders have been named in a 15-strong observe biking workforce for subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.
Corbin Sturdy (20) has been chosen within the males’s endurance squad and can compete within the workforce pursuit, Madison and omnium, whereas Kirstie James has made the ladies’s endurance workforce.
James, who was born in Auckland, started her sporting life as a rower however switched codes in 2012.
The 31-year-old studied in Dunedin however it was not till she shifted to Invercargill her profession started to flourish.
She helped New Zealand declare workforce pursuit bronze medals on the world championships in Hong Kong in 2017 and Poland final 12 months, and was additionally a part of the workforce which gained silver on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games.
Sturdy has had a powerful couple of years.
He was a part of the New Zealand workforce which secured gold on the junior world championship in Switzerland in 2018 and silver on the world championship in Berlin earlier this 12 months.
He additionally upset the sector to win gold within the factors race a day after he claimed silver in Berlin.
Final month he produced a powerful efficiency to complete fourth within the Tour of Southland.
Former Wanaka rider Ellesse Andrews has been named within the girls’s dash workforce. Her father, Jon Andrews, claimed bronze medals within the dash and time trial on the 1990 Commonwealth Video games.
Aaron Gate, Ethan Mitchell, Rushlee Buchanan and Jaime Nielsen will probably be competing of their third Olympics, whereas 9 riders will probably be making their Olympic debuts.
The workforce contains Rio medallists Sam Webster and Mitchell, factors race world champion Sturdy and 6 former world champions in Gate, Mitchell, Webster, Campbell Stewart, Regan Gough and Jordan Kerby.
Sam Dakin, who had a style of world cup expertise final summer time, replaces the retired Eddie Dawkins within the males’s workforce dash and can trip alongside three-time world champions Webster and Mitchell.
The lads’s pursuit workforce is ranked second on the planet and the ladies’s pursuit workforce is ranked third, so expectations are excessive.
Of the opposite endurance riders, Campbell Stewart is ranked third within the omnium and the New Zealand males are ranked No2 within the two-rider Madison.
Andrews is ranked fifth on the planet within the keirin and the boys’s workforce dash is ranked eighth.
Gate mentioned he was thrilled to be heading to his third Olympic Video games.
“It is a massive step in the direction of the Olympic Video games so it is a actually particular milestone for us,” he mentioned.
“Being named signifies that regardless of all of the stuff happening on the planet, we will proceed with our plan for Tokyo, put all our laborious work to good use and actually deal with placing our greatest foot ahead.”
New Zealand observe workforce
For Tokyo Olympics
Ladies’s endurance: Bryony Botha,
Rushlee Buchanan, Holly Edmondston,
Jessie Hodges, Kirstie James, Jaime
Ladies’s dash: Ellesse Andrews.
Males’s endurance: Aaron Gate, Regan
Gough, Jordan Kerby, Campbell
Stewart, Corbin Sturdy.
Males’s dash: Sam Dakin, Ethan
Mitchell, Sam Webster.