The St Peter’s School Cycling Academy enjoyed a successful weekend at the NISS Road and Track Championships at nearby Karapiro and the Avantidrome, Cambridge.
On Saturday, Holly Blakely took out the gold medal in the U20 Road Race, Ally Wollaston Bronze in the U16 Road Race and Archie Martin snuck in for Bronze with a great sprint finish in the U16 Road Race.
Sunday saw more medals on the road with Holly Blakely Silver in the U20 Criterium, Ally Wollaston Gold in the U16 Criterium.
The St Peter’s U20 Girls Team Time Trial won silver, 6 seconds behind St Kentigern College. The team of Ally Wollaston, Holly Blakely, Phoebe Young, Lindz Haggart and Rose Dillon will be looking to close that gap before the New Zealand Secondary Schools Road Nationals in the Manawatu in September.
On the track on Monday, the St Peter’s riders excelled, with Ally Wollaston topping the table with five gold medal rides in the U20 Team Pursuit (along with Holly Blakely, Sammi Ogle and Lindz Haggart), the U16 individual Elimination, Scratch, Points Races and U17 Team Scratch Race with Sammi Ogle.
Holly Blakely won her individual track medals in the U20 Elimination (Silver) and Scratch and Points Races (Bronze).
Sammi Ogle backed up her team medals with two Golds in the U17 Scratch and Points Races and a Silver in the Elimination Race.
Lindz Haggart finished the U17 Scratch race with a silver and Holly Rowan-Sanders, two bronze’s in the U14 Scratch and Elimination Races.
Their U20 Boys rode strongly to take Silver in the Team Pursuit Track race with riders Archie Martin, Fletcher Pearson-Riley, Jacob Coltman and Jamal Roberton. Three of these boys were riding up a couple of age groups so an outstanding result.
The consistently outstanding results from St Peter’s Cycling Academy Female Riders on the track earnt them the Top Female School Trophy for the NISS Championships.
Best Overall Schools Road Race & Criterium Races - Ngaruawahia Lions Club Points Trophy Winners:
Boys: Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Girls: Waikato Diocesan School
Track Championships Outstanding Male Cyclist of the Year
Aaron Wyllie, Auckland Grammar School
Track Championships Outstanding Female Cyclist of the year
Georgia Danford, St Cuthbert’s College
Best Overall Track School Boys points Trophy
1st Auckland Grammar School
Best Overall Track School Girls Points Trophy
1st St Peters School, Cambridge
View all the results at: http://www.redeventsnz.com/#!2016-results/m8uzh
University of Waikato student and Hillary scholar Nina Wollaston is pushing the boundaries of women’s cycling.
The former Auckland local made the move to the Waikato to study a Bachelor of Management Studies at the University while pursuing a sporting career in track cycling.
Inspired by New Zealand’s top female cyclists, including Sarah Ulmer and Alison Shanks, moving to Hamilton to pursue her dream wasn’t a hard decision given the world-class Avantidrome in Cambridge is only a short drive away.
Nina has a host of age-group and elite national titles to her name, including a bronze medal from the Junior World Track Champs. She’s aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to make her mark, and wants to be an influence on younger riders.
She says her pursuit of studying and training wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship.
“This scholarship has given me the resources and time to be able to combine full-time study and training to the best of my abilities. I haven’t had to sacrifice either of the two, which has been greatly beneficial to my achievements and success to date.
“I’m very grateful for the support through busy schedule times that has helped me keep organised and on track.”
Through the programme, students receive personalised academic support, leading coaching or tutoring, leadership development and a scholarship worth up to $10,000 a year.
Applications for the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, as well as many other scholarships, are now open. For more information and to apply visit Waikato Scholarships
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