The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia athletes had to battle jet lag and lost luggage in their preparation for the Canadian event, but took plenty of positives out of opening World Cup meet.
After her win in the recent national championships, Deanna Lockett was the best performed of the Aussies, finishing 17th in the 1500 metre event, and 22nd in the 1000 metres.
“It was a crazy and fast weekend,” head coach, Ann Zhang, said.
“Over the last six months of preparation in the summer, short track skating has gone to the next level. Other countries have made big improvements, although Korea still appears to be the strongest.
“There were four new world records set on the fast ice in Calgary, and the men’s 500 metre time came under 40 seconds for the first time.”
Pierre Boda skated to a new Australian record in the 500 metre event, but could not win his repechage heat, while our men’s relay team finished 12th, despite showing good form against Russia and Great Britain.
Australia’s other national champion, Lachlan Hay, didn’t make it past the repechage of the men’s 1000m, while Julie Jung was disqualified from both the 500 and 1000 metre women’s events.
“Our performance was not that strong this weekend, due to many reasons, such as jet lag and the closeness of our national championships,” Zhang added.
“It was also our first international competition of the year, but I’m confident that we’ll perform better next weekend in Montreal.”