The Australian Team to contest the Junior World Championships has been announced following the final trials and National League races this weekend. The team will be spearheaded by South Australians Vanessa Round and Simon Uppill who won both trials in convincing fashion this weekend. The full team is:
Men: N Andrewartha (Tas), R Challen (WA), L Elson (Tas), R Fell (Vic), M Neve (Vic), S Uppill (SA).
Women: B Anderson (Qld), I Booth (ACT), J Davis (Tas), H Harding (ACT), B Lawford (Vic), V Round (SA).
The Trials and National League races were held in the tough granite terrain near Eugowra, designed to test the runners in terrain similar to that which will be used for JWOC. Uppill won his races by 6 minutes (from Rob Fell) and 16 minutes (from Louis Elson) over the two days, while Round beat Heather Harding on both days by 2 and 9 minutes respectively. These two appear to be the ones to watch in July.
In the Senior National League Grace Elson took out day 1, while Anna Quayle once again showed her liking to detailed terrain to win day 2. Julian Dent (NSW) and Matt Crane (GBR) swapped first and second place on the two days.