Australian team in Melbourne for Oceanias

Eleven Victorians headline the Australian team due to the compete at the 2007 Oceania track cycling championships, to be held in Melbourne from November 23-26 this week. Staged at the Joe Ciavola Velodrome, a number of members from the Australian team have come straight from last weekend's opening round of the track world cup in Sydney. There, Australia topped the nation rankings, and hold a four point margin over the Netherlands and 13 points over third-placed Russia. Germany and France round out the top five nations.

The Oceania Games team includes junior world champion Shane Perkins, former junior world champion Mark French, 2004 Austral Wheelrace champion Zak Dempster, 2005 Oceania sprint champion Jason Niblett and Joel Leonard, all from Victoria. Joining them will be Mark Jamieson, a member of the 2006 world champion Australian pursuit team, 2006 junior kilo champion Scott Sunderland, former junior world Olympic sprint champion Kial Stewart, Daniel Ellis and 2005 Queensland cyclist of the year Hayden Josefski.

In the women's field, Victoria will again be well represented by former world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kate Mactier, six-time 2005 Australian road and track champion Tess Downing and Jessica Berry. The Australian contingent also features Kerrie Meares, 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, 2004 world junior points champion Amanda Spratt, 2005 Australian junior female track cyclist of the year Skye-Lee Armstrong, 2006 Australian TT champion Kristine Bayley, 2005 world junior keirin champion Chloe Macpherson, and Kaarle McCulloch.

The Australian team will be training on the track from Wednesday before a qualifying session on Thursday evening. The first competition session is Friday 24 November at 9.00am.

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