Toowoomba junior cyclists on an elite track to success
HARD work and elite training are paying dividends for two Toowoomba juniors as they continue their climb in Queensland's track cycling ranks.
Thirteen-year-old Declan Trezise and Emma Stevens (12) shone at last week's Queensland Junior Track Championships in Brisbane where the two Toowoomba Cycling Club members bagged a total of seven podium finishes between them.
Stevens continued her run of state titles success, winning two gold medals.
The first-year Highfields Secondary College student took out the flying 200m event and 500m individual time trial.
Trezise was rewarded for his all-round performance with two silver and three bronze medals.
He claimed silver in the 8km points score and sprint championship.
Trezise also finished third in the 2000m individual pursuit, Keirin and 500m time trial to win a place on the Queensland team to contest the national championship in Tasmania next month.
The St Mary's College pupil has made huge cycling strides since taking up the sport to aid his recovery from a knee injury.
"This was my second year at the state championships and I've just found out that I've been selected for the nationals in Launceston at the end of February," Trezise said.
"It will mean lots of hard work but I'm looking forward to it."
Trezise and Stevens train together at the Griffith St velodrome each Tuesday as part of the Cycling Queensland Junior Emerging Talent Squad.
Stevens - who is also a BMX rider - followed her mother into the sport of cycling and is already a veteran of three state track championship appearances.
"I finished with a first, second and third at both my previous state championships and I set a state under 11 record in my first year," Stevens said.
"Declan and I are sent training programs from Brisbane and we train each Tuesday at the velodrome.
"My goals include make the under 15 Queensland team next year and one day making it to the Olympics."