Taking place at the Medibank Icehouse from 3 to 4 October 2014, the Championships will see the nation’s best skaters go head to head for gold and glory.
Lockett was one of the nation’s standout performers at the Winter Olympics this year, placing ninth in the 1000m at just 18 years of age. The teenager has gone from strength to strength since February and is ready for another big international season.
“I feel my skating has had a big improvement since Sochi,” Lockett said. “I have been focusing on a lot of technique and getting a good base down to carry me through the next four years.”
After Sochi, Lockett moved to the USA where she now trains under coach Jae Su Chun in Salt Lake City, the nation’s centre of speed skating. She will be putting all her training together next week when she competes at the Australian Open Championships, using the event as an important stepping stone for the World Cup season.
“I’m training with a girls training group which is great,” she said. “I can practice passing and racing situations everyday within our training sessions.
“It’s always good to do some racing before my big upcoming world cup events to get used to the nerves and the racing preparation feeling. My goal for this upcoming season is to consistently make the final, and to get as much racing experience as I can in different racing situations.”
Boda will take on a full strength senior men’s field with all competitors looking to impress new head coach Anthony Barthell. Formerly the USA World Junior Short Track coach and a member of the US team’s coaching staff at the Sochi 2014 Games, Barthell made the move to Australia to replace veteran outgoing coach Ann Zhang.
“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity that has been presented to me, to work with the Australian team,” Barthell said.
“The best things that I can offer as a coach is knowledge and eagerness to learn. We are going to all be teaching and learning from one another.
“I’m looking forward to sitting in the stands and watching the talent pool of skaters that Australia has to offer compete and go for the win. The National team will be able to show me what they have when it comes to racing.
“At the World Cups, I’m looking for each athlete to improve each and every competition. I’m looking for them to have personal best not only with their times but also their results. It would be great to see the men’s relay team qualify for World Champs.”
Event: Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships
Dates: Friday 3 & Saturday 4 October 2014
Times: Friday 08.00 – 11.45 & 15.15 – 19.15
Saturday 08.00 – 14.00
Venue: Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands VIC 3008
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