Alex Bryant was the highest placed of our team in the Men’s 500m, finishing in 19th place overall, after finishing third in his heat in a time of 42.978 seconds; just missing a place in the quarter finals.
In the 1000m, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) athlete Andy Jung won his prelim by leading from start to finish, to be the only team member to qualify for the heats.
Jung didn’t progress further and finished in 32nd position overall.
In the 1500m, Bryant and Jung both qualified for the quarter finals, where there run ended.
The skaters also took part in the 3,000m relay and with Keanu Blunden missing the championships due to concussion, head coach Anthony Barthell was impressed with the performance of the team.
"With Keanu out with concussion, we had to have him start and do one lap, then go stand in the middle, while the other three skated the relay,” Barthell said.
"We had the fastest third place time. It didn’t put us in the next round, but it was an impressive skate for the guys; they dug deep in order to get the time that they achieved," Barthell added.
Barthell was pleased in particular with Denali's performances at his first major meet.
"Denali skated very well for someone who doesn’t have much race experience. He was quite impressive with some of his moves and blocking abilities," he said.
"He wasn’t able to make it out of any races, but you can rest assured that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the next couple of years," Barthell added.
It was an eye opening experience for Blunden, and he said he can’t wait to build on his experiences.
“On the first day I was pretty nervous, but once I got on the ice, I was able to do things that came naturally, and it worked,” Blunden said.
“I’m looking forward to training hard and implementing what I’ve learned during training to improve at racing,” he added.