Cure strikes gold in bid to make worlds squad

SECURING two gold medals at the national track championships has confirmed Amy Cure's spot on the Australian team for the world titles later this month.

The West Pine 21-year-old's successful transition from multiple junior world champion was cemented in Adelaide last week when she won the individual pursuit and joined Georgia Baker, Lauren Perry and Macey Stewart in securing the team pursuit crown for Tasmania.

Cycling Australia yesterday announced the nominations for the UCI track world championships to be held in Cali, Columbia, from February 26 to March 2, and Cure was named in the women's endurance squad along with fellow London Olympians Annette Edmondson and Melissa Hoskins plus Ashley Ankudinoff, Isabella King and Rebecca Wiasak.

Both six-rider endurance teams will take part in a pre-worlds camp in Adelaide before final selections are made.

Highlighting the final five-member sprint team is 10-time world champion Anna Meares who will contest her 12th world championships, and dual world champion Shane Perkins at his eighth.

National performance director and former Tasmanian Institute of Sport coach Kevin Tabotta said CA would assemble a solid team with genuine podium ambitions.

``We have a great mix of experienced and emerging talent and preparations have gone well,'' he said.

``It is exciting to see both Anna Meares and Shane Perkins back are ready to race for their first world championships since the London Olympics. 

``Both will provide great leadership to a team that will now start to shape itself for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and then also on to Rio for 2016.''

The Australian team claimed two rainbow jerseys (men's team pursuit and individual pursuit) in an eight-medal haul at the 2013 championships in Belarus to finish third in the nation rankings.

6pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.Australian team:  sprint - Matthew Glaetzer (SA, 21), Shane Perkins (VIC, 27), Daniel Ellis (SA, 25), Anna Meares (SA, 30), Stephanie Morton (SA, 23); endurance - Amy Cure (TAS, 21), Melissa Hoskins (WA, 22), Ashley Ankudinoff (NSW, 23), Annette Edmondson (SA, 22), Isabella King (WA, 21), Rebecca Wiasak (ACT, 29), Mitchell Mulhern (QLD, 23), Alex Edmondson (SA, 21), Glenn O'Shea (SA, 24), Luke Davison (SA, 23), Alex Morgan (VIC, 19), Miles Scotson (SA, 20).

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