By Marcus Beeck
Capturing the best young talent Australian cycling has to offer, the seven-strong team is ready to roll at the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Athletes to watch:
The Australian contingent includes several athletes set to star at the international double this year after their concurrent selection to the team bound for the 2023 UCI Junior Track World Championships.
This includes 17-year-old Keira Will, who is one of Australia’s top cycling prospects and will be looking to continue her form after dominating the recent Oceania Track Cycling Championships, where she was crowned Oceania Omnium Champion, Oceania Madison Champion and Oceania Team Pursuit Champions.
Will’s Track counterpart Liliya Tatarinoff will be highly competitive in Trinidad given she holds the Australian record for the Under-17 500m Time Trial and Team Sprint and is the Under-19 500m Time Trial and Keirin Oceania Champion.
For the men, Gold Coast Cycling Club’s Noah Blannin will have high hopes heading into the Commonwealth Youth Games after he became Oceania Individual Pursuit Champion and the National Madison Champion earlier this year.
How did Australia perform in cycling at the last Commonwealth Youth Games?
In the last Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in 2017 there were only two cycling events, Time Trial, and Road Race.
In the men’s, Australia earned one bronze in the Time Trial event (Sebastian Berwick), while in the women’s events Australia recorded one gold in the Time Trial and one bronze in the Road Race (both Madeleine Fasnacht).
This time the cycling events include track with both Australian men and women competing in the Keirin, Sprint, and Points Race events. The men will then compete in the Individual Pursuit 3km, 1km Time Trial and Scratch 10km events, while the women will compete in the Individual Pursuit 2km, 500m Time Trial and Scratch 7.5km events.
How to stay across the action.
The best way to stay across all the action is to follow Commonwealth Games Australia on our social media channels, as well as the official Trinbago2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Events, excluding the road cycling, will be livestreamed, with more information to come on how to access streams, timings, channels and more. Make sure you follow the CGA social media channels for the most up to date information.
Australian Cycling Team – Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games
- Lauren Bates (ACT Academy of Sport) – Women’s Track and Road
- Noah Blannin (Gold Coast CC) – Men’s Track
- Will Heath (Balmoral Cycling Club) – Men’s Road
- Samuel McKee (Launceston City Cycling) – Men’s Track
- Tayte Ryan (SASI Cycling) – Men’s Track
- Liliya Tatarinoff (Central Coast Cycling Club) – Women’s Track
- Keira Will (Lidcombe Auburn Cycling) – Women’s Track and Road
Road: Couva (Trinidad)
Track: National Cycling Velodrome, Couva (Trinidad)
Road: 5 of August (Time Trial) and 7 of August (Road Race)
Track: 8-10 of August