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Youth sport - cycling: Quintet out to earn more silverware for Poole
FIVE junior riders from Poole Cycle Speedway will be looking to add silverware to the club’s bulging trophy cabinet when they contest the finals of the British Under-13 Individual Champion-ships in Edinburgh this coming weekend.
The under-13 boys’ final features Frazer Garnett and Callum Albin, who were both members of the Poole side that finished runners-up in the British Under-13 Club Championship, held in Wolverhampton earlier this season.
The third member of the Poole trio of boys’ finalists is Nathan Goulden, who is the club’s top under-10 rider.
Poole’s best chance of a medal could be in the under-13 girls’ event where Macie Schmidt and Chloe Albin are among the pre-meeting favourites for a place on the rostrum.
Both will be looking to improve on last year’s performances which saw them finish second and third respectively.
Cranborne-based Albin has made an exceptional recovery from the injuries that cut short her 2013 campaign and is in great form, last month winning the prestigious Rachel Edge Trophy at Oxford.
“Chloe had already shown that she has the right temperament and can rise to the big occasion, but Macie cannot be overlooked either,” said Poole club coach Ben Donahue.
“The boys’ final is a hard one to predict but all three of the lads are sure to give it their best shot and could come home with a medal.”
All five riders are products of the club’s academy and compete in the British Junior Grand Prix series.
They have attended extra training sessions at Harbourside Park in preparation for the event.
“We shall be keeping our fingers crossed that the riders’ hard work will pay off,” added Donahue.
This weekend will mark the first occasion that the finals have been held in Scotland and Poole’s riders face a round trip of roughly 800 miles.
The Poole club rank as one of the best in the UK and have an impressive record in British age group championships.
Aaron Smith was the most recent success story when won the British Under-16 Championship last year.