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  A chance to see many of the stars of the future. The majority of the riders are stepping up as first year under 19's from the under 17 ranks.


Courtney Field

Sprint sensation Courtney Field is the Junior World Sprint Champion and silver medallist in both the keirin and 500m time trial at the World Championships last year. Was in a league of her own at Nationals as a first year doing the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial triple. Expect to see Field again on top as she starts her second year in the under 19 category. Already 18 national titles to her name.

Brit Jackson

Jackson is still relatively new to the sport having taken it up after watching Anna Meares win sprint gold in London. A first year under 19 who claimed bronze in the sprint and keirin at under 17 level last year. Bronze in the sprint at the Oceania Championships last year.

Tahlay Christie

Another up and coming talent. Has never managed to beat Field though, other than when Field was relegated at the Oceania Championships in the keirin. Expect her to challenge but breaking Field's dominance is unlikely. Under 17 National Champion in the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial last year.

Brooke Tucker

Winner of the women's Austral in December and when you have the last name Tucker there is a great deal of expectation on her shoulders. Steps up to the under 19 level for the first time. Silver medallist in the sprint, keirin and 500m time trial at under 17 level last year.

Other names to watch: Bridget Mullany.


The big winners form the past couple of years have stepped up to the senior level giving room for the next wave to step up. Of the World Championship squad from last year only Dani McKinnirey remains.

Dani McKinnirey

World Champion in the team pursuit last year before claiming the Oceania titles in the individual pursuit and points race. McKinnirey then added the Australian Omnium title in December. When it comes to the bunch races McKinnirey has a potent sprint making her extremely dangerous. Very strong in the individual pursuit as well.

Brooke Tucker

Winner of the women's Austral Wheelrace in December was a regular on the podium at under 17 level in the sprint events. Runner up in the omnium behind McKinnirey in December, finishing on equal points and only losing on count back. A strong sprint makes her dangerous in the bunch races. Third in the individual pursuit at Omnium Nationals and will be a name to watch there.

Chloe Moran

Moran's strength is against the clock. Second behind Dani McKinnirey at the Oceania Champions in the individual pursuit but got the upper hand winning the South Australian state Championship and the omnium IP in December. Expect her to be challenging for gold in the individual pursuit.

Jade Haines

Reigning under 17 National Champion in individual pursuit. Stepping up to under 19 for the first time but that is the same situation for the majority of the field.

Ruby Roseman-Gannon

One of the most consistent performances across the endurance disciplines at the under 17 level. Reigning champion in the points race as an under 17 and also claimed bronze in the individual pursuit and finished fourth in the scratch race.

Bridget Mullany

Mullany rounded out the podium at the Omnium National Championships. When it comes to the bunch races Mullany will be the name to watch. Won both the scratch and elimination races in the Omnium in a sign of her turn of speed.

Other names to watch: Chloe Baggs, Nicola MacDonald and Tori Saunders.
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