Ella stuns with with gold at junior world cycling titles

Urged on by a vocal crowd SASI athlete Ella Sibley gave her rivals plenty to chase as she won gold in the scratch race at the International Cycling Union World Junior Track Cycling Championship in Frankfurt.

Ella Sibley on podium holding gold medal

RISING SASI and junior Australian cycling star Ella Sibley has just chalked up an amazing run of firsts at the recent UCI Junior Track World Championship in Frankfurt, Germany.

Her first overseas competition, first race on the program and, more importantly, winning Australia's first and only gold medal at the titles in the women's scratch race.

Ella, 17, a Year 12 student at Sacred Heart College, held of a solid challenge from Chilean Catalina Soto Campos and Ella Barnwell from Great Britain in the 7.5km event.

Ella also won silver in the keirin, the final event of the program, while Carlos Carisimo, the other SASI athlete on the team, won silver in the men's team sprint.

Ella said she couldn't believe her success.

"I still don't believe I was able to win gold,'' Ella said. "I certainly wasn't expecting to win any medal and before the event I didn't look at the opposition.

"It was my first time competing overseas so that was special. I had my parents Trudy and Andrew there, my brother Jake and sister Tayla.

"Standing on the podium was very exciting. I think my teammates were a bit shocked and so was I but everyone was cheering. It was great.''

Ella also is a product of the popular SASI Talent Search Program where she was identified three years ago as a budding talent when she attended Marymount College.

She is a member of South Coast Cycling Club (Edwardstown) and lives in Hallett Cove.

For the time being for Ella it will be a bit of rest, trying to catch up on Year 12 work and then preparing for the Oceania championships in New Zealand in October.

SASI coach Brett Aitken, who has just returned to Australia after attending an elite coaching course in Switzerland, praised the SASI pair, saying that Ella showed grit in her keirin semi-final after picking up a stomach bug.

Ella Sibley on the velodrome track

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