In-line skaters in hunt for medals
The Timaru Herald
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2010
The arrival of 2011 will be a busy time for several South Canterbury in-line speed skaters as they line-up at two national meetings.
South Canterbury will have 11 athletes competing in the New Zealand Road Racing Championships at the Mt Wellington go-kart track and the New Zealand Indoor Flat-Tack Championships, in Auckland.
With a dominant record in senior women’s and open races, the Timaru-based skating club will be hard to topple again thanks to Nicole Begg.
She is on an undefeated streak which spans several years and various distances.
Having won more than 100 national titles, Begg again looks set to be a major force.
Three members of the Kuepper family will be having their first taste of national competition.
Marie-Christen has a tough job racing Begg in the senior ranks, but will have a gold medal opportunity, when she teams-up with her in the indoor pairs 1200m relay.
Younger sister Laura-Madeleine will be looking for experience in her first year of the junior girls grade, while younger brother Jan-Hendrick has the ability to win medals in the juvenile boys grade.
Emily van der Heyden and Dahna Penty, both New Zealand junior representatives and national titleholders, will compete in the junior girls grade.
Van der Heyden will be a medal chance in the long-distance races, while Penty should gain a medal in the shorter races.
Analiese Le Roy advances to the junior grade, after being the third best juvenile skater in New Zealand last year.
Jonathon Swindells faces a tough task in the junior boys grade, but could feature on the podium, while younger brother Keaton is also a medal prospect.
Nick Frame will look to improve on his bronze medal last year in the juvenile boys.
Sophie Lowen is a medal chance in the juvenile girls after finishing fourth last year.
Dahna Penty & Emily van der Heyden two Junior N.Z. Reps Timaru Team, likely to be part of X-Tech N. Z. Team