The Australian National Junior Team has competed at the Short Track World Junior Championships in Montreal, Canada, gaining valuable experience on the international stage.
Selected by Australian Ice Racing (AIR) to compete for Australia in the individual and relay events were
Women: Stephanie Fabian, Katie Fabian, Siyu Wang and Chloe Tan
Men: Kieran Guan, Jonathan Lam, Joshua Kah and Denali Blunden
Australia's leading performer in the individual distances was Joshua Kah, who placed 19th in the 1000m, 26th in the 500m and 27th in the 1500m. Denali Blunden was Australia's highest place finisher in the 1500m in 26th.
In the women's individual distances, Siyu Wang was Austalia's highest place finisher in the 1000m in 40th and the 1500m in 39th. Chloe Tan was 44th in the 500m.
In the relay events, the women's team finished in 11th place with the men's team 12th.
Australian Ice Racing National Head Coach Richard Nizielski was pleased with the efforts of his young skaters after the event.
“After 50 hours of travel, lost bags and illness, the Australian Junior Short track team were able to hold their heads high and perform at their best. “
“Whilst they didn't come away with any podium finishes, they did come away with some valuable experience and a much clearer vision of what they need to do to be compete on the world stage.”
“Overall the team had a great experience. The team are already talking about how keen they are to get back and begin training for next season.”
“It has been 10 years since I was at my last Junior World Championships. It is great to see how the rest of the world are skating. Now we know exactly what we need to do to be competitive.”
TOP IMAGE - Women's Team from left to right: Stephanie Fabian, Katie Fabian, Siyu Wang, Chloe Tan © OWIA/Nic Cicero
BOTTOM IMAGE - Men's Team from left to right: Kieran Guan, Jonathan Lam, Joshua Kah, Denali Blunden © OWIA/Nic Cicero
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