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Three girls representing Whyalla Cycling Club will soon be racing around the Anna Meares Velodrome track in Brisbane for the 2021 AusCycling Junior Track National Championships 6-10 April. Although the Stanton family has relocated to Adelaide, siblings Dylan, Regan and Imogen Stanton still hold Whyalla has the club they represent. It holds many special memories for them as they started cycling on this local track and the friendships they made and the fun filled Friday nights racing at the Whyalla Velodrome track. Regan Stanton showed at the State Track Championships her dominance in the results and has a real chance in the National U15 events. Her determination and pledge to always strive for her best has been much admired by her former Whyalla cycling Coach Keith Gibbons. With last year’s Nationals cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic it makes this all the more special for her to put into practice her hard work at trainings. Hannah Elliott is not only a new comer to Whyalla shifting here with her parents for their work but she only arrived in Australia from South Africa 3 years ago. To her name she already holds the U15 Australian Mountain Bike Champion having won it 2 years in a row. For the past year she has been training on the velodrome track with her favourite event being the scratch races of 20 laps. This involves endurance and strength with sprint finishes making her all round competitor. The third Whyalla female cyclist to be chosen to race at the Nationals is Quenby Schmitz U17. She has endured much frustration and disappointment during her racing years at nationals with her first year in U15 being a learning experience and the following year she broke her collarbone 2 weeks out from competition giving no hope of competing. Last year with Covid 19 dominating and cancelling Nationals she has had to dig deep to find her fighting spirit. Not even a cracked frame below the handle bars was going to stop her from racing with her trying out a new track bike just in time for this competition. Local news at the Whyalla velodrome this Friday 26th is the wind up of the club championships with senior sprint events a crowd pleaser and a number of junior events to finish the end of the racing season. Come and watch its starts 6.30pm -8pm, help cheer them on

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YOUNG STARS: From left, Whyalla cyclists Quenby Schmitz, Regan Stanton and Hannah Elliott are heading to Brisbane for the Junior Nationals.

ON TRACK: Hannah Elliott and Quenby Schmitz training in the state colours at Whyalla Velodrome.

Three girls representing Whyalla Cycling Club will soon be racing around the Anna Meares Velodrome track in Brisbane for the 2021 AusCycling Junior Track National Championships 6-10 April.

Although the Stanton family has relocated to Adelaide, siblings Dylan, Regan and Imogen Stanton still hold Whyalla has the club they represent. It holds many special memories for them as they started cycling on this local track and the friendships they made and the fun filled Friday nights racing at the Whyalla Velodrome track.

Regan Stanton showed at the State Track Championships her dominance in the results and has a real chance in the National U15 events. Her determination and pledge to always strive for her best has been much admired by her former Whyalla cycling Coach Keith Gibbons.

With last year’s Nationals cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic it makes this all the more special for her to put into practice her hard work at trainings.

Hannah Elliott is not only a new comer to Whyalla shifting here with her parents for their work but she only arrived in Australia from South Africa 3 years ago.

To her name she already holds the U15 Australian Mountain Bike Champion having won it 2 years in a row.

For the past year she has been training on the velodrome track with her favourite event being the scratch races of 20 laps. This involves endurance and strength with sprint finishes making her all round competitor.

The third Whyalla female cyclist to be chosen to race at the Nationals is Quenby Schmitz U17. She has endured much frustration and disappointment during her racing years at nationals with her first year in U15 being a learning experience and the following year she broke her collarbone 2 weeks out from competition giving no hope of competing. Last year with Covid 19 dominating and cancelling Nationals she has had to dig deep to find her fighting spirit. Not even a cracked frame below the handle bars was going to stop her from racing with her trying out a new track bike just in time for this competition.

Local news at the Whyalla velodrome this Friday 26th is the wind up of the club championships with senior sprint events a crowd pleaser and a number of junior events to finish the end of the racing season. Come and watch its starts 6.30pm -8pm, help cheer them on