CYCLIST Jade Haines of Kalamunda is one of four Western Australians in the Australian team for August’s Junior Track World Championships in Italy.
Cycling Australia announced its 15-member squad this week, which includes sprint duo Kye Bonser and Matt Richardson and endurance riders Haines and Tyler Lindorff.
For Haines, Italy will be her second junior worlds campaign, having won a silver medal in the individual pursuit in 2016 and gold in a Maddison demonstration event.
Thirteen of the Australian team will be making their representative debuts.
Selections were formed from an original long-team that was assembled following the Track National Championships in Brisbane last March.
Then that 21-strong squad was put through a series of training camps ahead of the titles to be held from August 23-27.
The selections carry on an impressive representative year for WA track cycling, after Sam Welsford and Cameron Meyer of Helena Valley both won world titles competing at this year’s senior world championships in Hong Kong in April.
In June Haines won the women’s criterium title at the U19 Australian Road Championships in Geelong.
Haines’ result highlighted some impressive performances from the Western Australian Institute of Sport competitors in action, which also included a bronze medal to Albany cyclist Craig Wiggins in the men’s criterium.
Her selection onto the Australian long-team for the Junior Track World Championships showed Haines is equally adept on the road bike, outsprinting a high-quality field for a gold medal she adds to a collection that includes an U17 title in the same discipline.
In Geelong Haines also finished sixth in the road race and 16th in the individual time trial.