25 years ago in 1991 at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Sydney, Steven Bradbury, Kieran Hansen, Andrew Murtha, Richard Nizielski and John Kah combined to break through for Australia’s first gold medal in the relay event.
It was a landmark win for the Aussies, setting in motion success that would continue on to a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and then onwards and upwards for Steven Bradbury who went on to win perhaps one of the most famous gold medals in Winter Olympic history in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Doing a “Bradbury” as the last man standing is now an often-used term world wide.
The Australian Short Track Speed Skating Championships are returning to Sydney, with the Canterbury Ice Rink hosting the two-day competition on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October.
With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics getting nearer, Australia’s elite athletes are busy training at their overseas bases in the United States and South Korea, supported by the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. This in turn shifts the spotlight on some of the sport’s other rising stars.
Brothers Keanu and Denali Blunden will go head to head in the hunt for medals after both competing in the Junior World Championships at the start of the year in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Keanu was also part of the Australian team that competed in the World Cup circuit this year, along with Liam O’Brien and Michael Pickup, all from NSW. With a number of new skaters stepping up to this level, men’s short track speed skating in Australia is continues to prosper.
The Championships at Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink, Phillips Avenue, Canterbury, will also serve as a celebration, with 2016 marking the 25th anniversary since the Australian relay team won their first World Championship gold medal. Tickets are available at the door.
Friday 30 September
Session 1: 7.30am – 12.30pm
Session 2: 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 1 October
Session 3: 7.30am – 1.30pm