Timaru team take another run in China events
South Canterbury speed skaters are continuing to get opportunities to compete overseas.
Coach Bill Begg is taking six to Lishui, China, to compete in an international speed meet and road marathon later this month.
Begg has managed to get X-Tech and Marco to sponsor 16 overseas skaters, which includes the six from Timaru, three from Italy, two from Holland, Australia and Switzerland as well as one from Germany.
It will be the first trip to China for 13-year-old Jan Kuepper and 14-year-old Ariana Snook.
Former world champion Nicole Begg will spearhead the group, while 16-year-old Analiese Le Roy and 14-year-old Nick Frame have raced in Asia before.
Jonathan Swindells, 18, will complete the Timaru contingent.
It is the fifth trip to Asia for South Canterbury speed skaters in the past six years as Bill Begg continues to develop the club's depth.
"I think anyone over 13 in the club, who is serious about speed, has been to Asia, which is is the fastest growing area in the world," he said.
Nicole Begg is recently back from coaching and racing in China where she is a well-known figure in the sport.
Bill Begg said that for Le Roy it would be a good warmup for the world junior championships in November.
"Frame is the Oceania cadet champion and has shown outstanding form for a 14-year-old and comfortably handles 120km cross-training on a bike."
Begg said Swindells had made major improvements since his family shifted to Timaru for skating.
"Ariana and Jan will benefit hugely from the experience and it will show them where they need to go in the future."
- The Timaru Herald