Cyclist to compete at titles
CYCLING ?? BEN Simonelli will represent Australia for the first time in the Oceania Cycling Championships in Melbourne on December 11-13. Simonelli is a year 12 student at Warwick High School and won a silver medal in the teams sprint at the 2004 nationals at the Olympic velodrome in Sydney. He finished fourth in the individual sprint in the under-19 nationals in March this year while only 16 years of age. Simonelli won his first State medal at the age of nine and has won State gold medals every year since. The Australian junior team was announced on Monday and Simonelli has not yet been informed what events he is selected for. His trainer/father Tony Simonelli said it was likely Ben would compete in the sprint, kieren and scratch race in the Oceanic Championships, which are being held in conjunction with the Melbourne Cup On Wheels. The championships are part of the selection process for the Australian team for the 2005 World Junior Championships. Simonelli trains two afternoons a week at the Warwick Velodrome and does strength and conditioning work twice a week at Vitality Fitness.