Date: Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Southland cyclist Emma Cumming was thrilled to claim three medals at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne recently.

The teenager in her debut season in the elite ranks picked up two silver medals and a bronze at the meet which finished on Saturday.

She stepped up and secured silver in the women's team sprint with Racquel Sheath, behind the Australian combination of Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton.

McCulloch edged out Cumming in the final of the 500m time trial too, while she also finished third in the women's keirin.

Cumming was very pleased with her campaign, according to a social media post.

"Racing some of the best in the world and being able to pick up a couple of cheeky wee medals with my first year in the elite ranks is something I'm overwhelmed with excitement about," she said.

Southland's Olympic Games silver medallist Eddie Dawkins grabbed two golds and a silver as Southland riders were among the medals at the meet.

Dawkins, along with Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell were comfortable winners in the team sprint final clocking a respectable 43:535 to begin their competition season with a 1.5s victory over the Australians.

The former James Hargest College student also led a Kiwi clean sweep of medals in the keirin, to go with a silver medal in the individual sprint behind teammate Webster.

Former Southland representative cyclist Ellesse Andrews, who now rides for Waikato-Bay of Plenty, was also impressive.

The double medallist at the junior world championship, showed her class when she claimed gold in the time trial and points race in the junior women's category.

The Cambridge-based under-19 rider was also second in the scratch race and the omnium event.

Bradly Knipe and Nick Kergozou picked up silver medals in the elite time trial and pursuit respectively.

While Southland's Tom Sexton teamed up with Regan Gough to finish third in the men's madison won by their Australian rivals.

Kirstie James and Alysha Keith won bronze medals in the individual pursuit and scratch race respectively.

In the under-19 men's section, Corbin Strong finished a close second in the junior men's omnium and third in the scratch race.

Kate Smith and Nicole Shields picked up silver and bronze in the junior women's pursuit.

New Zealand also claimed the junior women's team pursuit, while Australia claimed the other three team pursuit categories.

Article and photo courtesy Stuff

 

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