Emily brings home four medals
Last updated 05:00 29/04/2011

Waimate speedskater Emily van der Heyden scored four medals at the Junior Oceania Speed Skating Championships in Australia. Emily far right.

Left to Right Analiese Le Roy 12, Samantha Michael 19, Nicole Begg 23, Dahna Penty 13 & 14 year old Emily van der Heyden the star X-TECH skater at the Oceania Junior Champs, with attatched media copy, all the girls, are based in Timaru & are coached by the Begg Family, Nicole, Cheryl & Bill.

Fourteen-year-old van der Heyden finished with three silver and a bronze, after having just recovered from an injury that prevented her practising her all-important starts over the shorter distance.

The age criteria also meant she faced skaters three years older than herself, adding to her creditable performance.

In the 500 metres, both van der Heyden and fellow Kiwi Renee Nyman, of Whanganui, slipped off the start but came around the outside of two Australians to claim first and second.

Van der Heyden also finished second to Nyman in the 1000m and collected another silver in the team relay. Van der Heyden’s bronze came in the 200m time trial. While she was slow away van der Heyden came home strongly to snatch third.

She was unlucky not to come away with a gold in the relay as the second-best performed New Zealander at the championships.

The New Zealand selectors, however, opted to put her in the B team as a tactical decision to shut the Australians out of the top two spots on the podium and grab the overall points win.

The South Canterbury Roller Skating Club also had three others competing.

Dahna Penty was competitive in the sprints and finished seventh in the 200m time trial and 1000m after also recovering from an injury.

Annelise Le Roy was also placed in the top 10, which was a good achievement and exceeded expectations having just met the minimum age requirement to compete.

The 12-year-old Le Roy was eighth in both the 20,000m and the marathon, while she finished ninth in the 10,000m points race.

South Canterbury’s fourth skater was Jonathon Swindells, of Dunedin.

He unfortunately had a crash early in the championships.

It prevented him having any chance of recording a reasonable result.
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– The Timaru Herald

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