Sisters snare silver in state sprint

CYCLING sisters Jess and Tori Saunders combined to win more medals at Sunday’s NSW Track Team Sprint Championships in Sydney.

The Tamworth siblings combined to win silver in the Under 17 team Sprint Final, beaten only by Illawarra’s Natasha and Bridget Mullany.

It continued a great year which had seen the sisters race in New Zealand and win overseas as well as star in the National Junior Track Series.

Last weekend they were entered in Sunday morning’s State Team Track Sprint Championships in Sydney but also competed in an Illawarra track meeting on Saturday evening.

“They raced down there as well,” said John Saunders, father of the talented cycling pair.

“They raced the scratch race, the kierin, the wheel race and the elimination race. Olivia (their younger sister) also raced. 

“It was a good night.”

Jess and Tori then raced the Team Sprint Championship in Sydney on Sunday morning, winning their semi-final but losing to the Illawarra team of Natasha and Bridget Mullany.

“They’re pretty good friends with the Mullany girls too,” Saunders said.

“It was pretty good to see the two teams of sisters riding in the final, especially as it was Under 17 and two of the girls (Jess and Natasha) are both Under 15s.”

He said his daughters were now preparing for the next round of the National Junior Track Series in Adelaide on January 22.

“Although they have Victorian State Titles in Melbourne the week before those.”

He said the family might go to Melbourne to race those State titles, stay on for a few days and then continue to Adelaide for the Junior series.

Tamworth Cycling Club president Ray Griffin said the form of all local juniors had been impressive, especially that of Tori and Jess Saunders.

“This adds to their already impressive collective list of achievements over the past two years which includes national and state championship successes,” Griffin said.

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