Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022

Southlanders were in the medals on the first day of the Commonwealth Games on what was a great day on the track for New Zealand.

There was gold for the men in the team pursuit, setting a new Commonwealth Games record along the way, with Southlander Tom Sexton joining forces with SBS Bank Tour of Southland champion Aaron Gate, Campbell Stewart, and Jordan Kerby.

The mens' team sprint team took the bronze medal, with Southland's Bradly Knipe riding as starter for team mates Sam Daikin and Sam Webster.

There was a great performance from the women's team sprint, with former Southland representative Ellesse Andrews anchoring the team of Rebecca Petch and Olivia King to a gold medal and Commonwealth Games record.

There was also a silver medal for the women's team pursuit, even though they were reduced to just three riders after Ally Wollaston crashed out of the women's Tour de France and was unable to join the team at the Commonwealth Games, with sprinter Ellesse Andrews starting with the team of Bryony Botha, Michaela Drummond, and Emily Shearman in order to allow them to take part in the racing.

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