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  Danielle McKinnirey Interview Oceania Track Championships  
  October 19th 2014  
  Being the only first year rider in the Australian women's endurance squad for the Junior Track World Championships in Korea didn't stop Danielle McKinnirey claiming a rainbow jersey in her first international competition. McKinnirey collected gold in the team pursuit with Macey Stewart, Alex Manly, Lauren Perry and Josie Talbot, claiming an Australian record of 4mins 37.891secs in the process.

The first opportunity for McKinnirey to show off the rainbow jersey came at the 2015 Oceania Championships last week. A combined elite and u19 team pursuit saw her team up with Chloe Baggs, Chloe Moran and Ruby Roseman-Gannon to finish fourth. Just missing a medal but the team set a new junior all comers record (fastest time ever in Australia) of 4mins 51.683secs

Despite missing a medal in the team pursuit McKinnirey finished the Oceania Championship with gold in the individual pursuit and points race and scratch race bronze.

PelotonWatch: Junior Track Worlds was your first international racing experience. What was it like?

Dani McKinnirey: Being my first international experience on and off the bike it was a great chance to really see how I would cope with the pressure and expectations of being part of the Australian team and racing at that level. I really wanted to go into Junior Worlds taking everything I could away from the trip, learning as much as I could and racing to the best of my ability. Getting the chance to race and represent my country at that level was a dream come true.

PW: Part of the winning team pursuit squad. How did it feel to pull on the rainbow jersey?

DM: Wearing the rainbow jersey and standing on the top step with the Australian anthem playing was the best feeling in the world and it was even better to share it with such a great and deserving group of girls. It shows that the hard work put in by all of us and commitment really pays off. The early mornings were worth all of it.

PW: What did it feel like wearing the rainbow jersey at Oceania Championships? Did racing at home in South Australia make it more special?

DM: Racing in the rainbow bands at Oceania's was a really big deal for me. Racing in Adelaide in front of the home crowd really made it that much more special. Being able to wear the rainbow bands and race in the Australian team at Oceaniaís with a new team wasnít the same as racing with the team that won the title, but in saying that it didnít take the excitement or honour away from the race.

PW: You finished the Oceania Championships with gold in the individual pursuit and points race as well as bronze in the scratch. Happy with the four days of racing?

DM: Going into this championship I was a little unsure with my form as I wasn't feeling 100 percent so coming away with the results I did, made me a little more confident within my ability to lift on race day. Oceania's was really about getting through the four days racing and ticking the boxes that my coach had set earlier in the year and now I know where I need to improve and fix up before the important racing starts.

PW: What is next on the agenda for you?

DM: Next on the agenda would have to be Nationals at the end of the year so I will be doing local races and bit of other racing along the way but the main focus is being selected back into the Junior Worlds Squad for 2015.
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