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Hay, Lockett star at 2011 Short Track National Championships

Monday, 10th October 2011
AIS Skaters Ron Caldecutt, Lachlan Hay, Deanna Lockett and Pierre Boda

Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holders, Lachlan Hay and Deanna Lockett, have been the stand out performers in the 2011 Australian Short Track Skating championships, held in Melbourne over the weekend.

A two-time Olympic Winter Games representative, 25-year old Hay won the Mens’ 500 metre and 1500 metre finals, and also finished second in the 1000 and 3000 metre finals.

At just 15 years of age, Brisbane-born Lockett has emerged as the country’s most promising young skater, winning the 1000, 1500 and 3000 metre finals for women, and setting herself up for a place on Australia’s team for next February’s Junior World Championships in Melbourne.

Held at the Medibank Icehouse in Melbourne, the national titles showcased the best talent in Australian short track speed skating.

Athletes were not only chasing national championship glory, but also preparing for the upcoming World Cup season, and putting the building blocks in place for the forthcoming Olympic campaigns.

The mens’ competition became a shoot-out between Hay and his 18-year old AIS team-mate, Pierre Boda, from Queensland. Hay got the upper hand in the 500 and 1500 metre races, but it was Boda who took victory in both the 1000 and 3000 metre finals.

Hay was delighted with his results after an injury-interrupted year.

“After my ankle injury at the start of the year it was great to get back into racing, and to win back-to-back national titles in the 1500 was awesome,” Hay said.

“Tactically I raced well, and the ankle held up well. I was happy with my times, and hope to step it up a bit more and become more competitive once the World Cup events get under way.”

In the womens’ finals, Lockett was the star of the meet. She won three of the finals, and finished third in the 500 metres, behind Julie Jung, who also had a successful weekend, taking two sliver medals to add to her victory.

“It’s taking a while to sink in that I’ve won an Australian championship, but training had gone really well leading up to the meet,” Lockett said.

“I was hoping for some success, so to win three finals is a great reward for all my training.”

The event was an important lead-up to the first two ISU World Cup events, to be held in Salt Lake City, USA, and Saguenay, Canada, over the coming three weeks. Australia will be represented in these events by AIS scholarship holders Lachlan Hay, Pierre Boda, Ronald Caldecutt, Deanna Lockett and Julie Jung.

“It’ll be great to get back on to the international circuit to see where I’m at,” Hay said. “I’m not going in with huge expectations, but with plenty of racing over 1500 metres in the first two World Cup events, I’m hoping to build some good form to take in to the remainder of the season.”

“I’m really looking forward to my first World Cup events,” Lockett added. “I’m excited about having the opportunity and hope to gain some racing experience and try to get some good results.”

Final results, 2011 Australian Short Track Skating Championship

500m Men
1 – Lachlan Hay (AIS/QLD)
2 – Noah Essaghir (NSW)
3 – Ronnie Caldecutt (AIS/QLD)

1000m Men
1 – Pierre Boda (AIS/QLD)
2 – Lachlan Hay (AIS/QLD)
3 – Noah Essaghir (NSW)

1500m Men
1 – Lachan Hay (AIS/QLD)
2 – Pierre Boda (AIS/QLD)
3 – Blake Skjellerup (New Zealand)

3000m Men
1 - Pierre Boda (AIS/QLD)
2 - Lachlan Hay (AIS/QLD)
3 - Nate Henry (NSW)

500m Women

1 – Julie Jung (AIS/QLD)
2 – Alix-Myra Anderson (NSW)
3 – Deanna Lockett (AIS/QLD)

1000m Women
1 – Deanna Lockett (AIS/QLD)
2 – Julie Jung (AIS/QLD)
3 – Emilie Nadeau-Benoit (QLD)

1500m Women

1 – Deanna Lockett (AIS/QLD)
2 – Julie Jung (AIS/QLD)
3 – Emma Coxon-Smith (QLD)

3000m Women
1 - Deanna Lockett (AIS/QLD)
2 - Alix-Myra Anderson (NSW)
3 - Emily Nadeau-Benoit (QLD)

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