Ballajura speed skater laces up for Oceania Championships


Kayleen Vance with some of her skating medals.                         d466403
Kayleen Vance with some of her skating medals.                       d466403

A NATIONAL skating record holder from Ballajura has been rewarded with her first Australian selection after achieving a five-medal haul at the national championships.

Mercy College student Kayleen Vance broke the girls’ 15-19 years 100m outdoor national record by racing a stunning 11.017-second performance at the 2017 Australian National Speed Championships in January.

She won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal, which she added to her collection of 27 medals from state and national competitions.

The 17-year-old said she was excited to represent Australia at the 2017 Oceania Speed Skating Championships in Brisbane.

“My preparation has been quite hectic; I have been training seven days a week, and that includes indoor, outdoor and gym,” she said.

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“I am competing in most of the events including the 300m time trial, 500m, 1km and 1.5km.”

The Cobras Rollerskating Club member said a fellow club member would join her at the championships.

“Our state is very strong compared with the other states … there are more skaters there, but we have really good quality skaters,” she said.

“My teammate Asha is going to the Oceanias with me.”

Kayleen said her biggest goal was to race her favourite outdoor sprints on the world stage.

Her mother Lynette said Cobras Rollerskating Club coach Tom Pawikowski played an important role in her daughter’s comeback from a medical condition.

The 2017 Oceania Speed Skating Championships will be held April 14-19.