Perago Trust grant recipient Mya Anderson gives an update on her training and competition.
I thought I would give you an update on how my year has been so far.
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support and financial contribution that has helped me to achieve my recent goals. I have been tracking well with small improvements, despite the whirlwind of lockdown.
In October last year I raced in the Schools Track Nationals in Invercargill representing Cambridge High School, there I won two bronze and a silver. Later that week I raced in the Oceania Track Championships where I won bronze in the Omnium and bronze in the Teams Pursuit. It was awesome to be racing again in the New Zealand kit down in Invercargill. After a short break through the christmas holidays I was back into training as Track Nationals was in January. Nationals didn't go all to plan as I had been ill through my training block, but I still managed to come away with a gold in the Team Sprint to wrap up the competition.
Before the world went into lock down I was lucky enough to sneak in a trip to Australia. I raced in the Cycle Fest International in Bundaberg. This was my first international competition on an outdoor velodrome. It was an awesome experience racing with some well known elite riders for UCI points. Although I did not get any major placings whilst I was there I managed to learn lots about myself and what racing is like in the elites; especially learning how to deal with long hours of travel.
Since coming back from Bundy I have been focused on improving in my own way and working round the disruptions of this pandemic like everyone else. I am beginning to transition into the Elites with my fist elite competition on February next year. Although I was looking forward to heading to Aussie and to America this year, those plans have been put on the back foot and I am focusing on what I can achieve here in NZ. For now I am excited to to see what my pathway holds and keep pushing my limits everyday.
Thanks again to Perago Trust for all your support through these times.