Campbell Stewart and Kirstie James led the way at the end of the Vantage Elite Track National Championships with being recognised as Track Riders of the Year.

2019 was a stellar year for both Campbell Stewart and Kirstie James and they led the way in a list of highly acclaimed riders that were recognised at the end of the Track National Championships at the Avantidrome over the weekend.  

For Campbell Stewart 2019 was a year that added a first world title at senior level to four world titles already accumulated at junior level.  The then 20 year old took gold in the omnium at the 2019 Worlds and followed that up with World Cup success in Cambridge for the omnium discipline and in Brisbane with the Madison to name just a couple of performances.

Holly Edmondston, Bryony Botha, Kirstie James, Rushlee Buchanan and Michaela Drummond celebrate one of two bronze medals in the Track World Championships, photo Guy Swarbrick

Kirstie James’ last 12 months saw her claim a bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit at the World Championships.  Despite suffering from a sickness that blighted the New Zealand team, Kirstie was also able to fight her way through to the bronze medal match in the individual pursuit where she eventually claimed fourth.

Junior track riders of the year were Ally Wollaston and Laurence Pithie.  At the Junior World Track Championships both came away with rainbow jerseys; the former in the 2000m individual pursuit and the latter in the omnium and Madison events.  Wollaston was further awarded the women’s Emerging Talent of the Year award.

Laurence Pithie and Ally Wollaston claimed junior world titles in 2019, photos Guy Swarbrick

After taking bronze in the World Championships, team of the year went to the New Zealand Women’s Team Pursuit squad of Michaela Drummond, Bryony Botha, Holly Edmondston, Kirstie James and Rushlee Buchanan.

Emerging Talent of the year for the men was awarded to Corbin Strong.  His efforts at the UCI World Championships last year and transition over into the elite squad were recognised.

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