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From Surfboards in Sydney to Velodrome Boards in London, and plenty of stops in between! Here's who to catch this weekend!
By
Stuart Randall

Source:
Zela, Herald Sun
4 Mar 2016 - 1:48 PM  UPDATED 4 Mar 2016 - 1:51 PM

Annette Edmondson

The London Olympic Velodrome (affectionately known as 'The Pringle') has already seen some memorable moments in this week's World Track Cycling Championships, but the best could be yet to come.  The busiest member of the Aussie team this weekend will be Annette Edmondson.

 

The Adelaide native is out to defend her World Titles in the Team Pursuit and the Omnium won in France twelve months ago.

 

But the challenge will be fierce, as the hometown GB squad look to reclaim the Rainbows, led by double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.  Trott beat Edmondon in both disciplines at the London games, but 'Nettie' gained revenge by relegating her to silver last year.  Now the rivalry continues in Trott's backyard, before culminating at the Rio Games in August.

 

The Women's team pursuit will be live on SBS 2 Saturday morning, and the final stages of the Omnium in the early hours on Monday. All of it streamed live of course on www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral.

 

Laura Enever

It's a short ride down the coast for Narrabeen native Laura Enever as she competes at the pointy end of the Aussie Bodies Women's Pro at Manly beach this weekend. 

 

Enever overcame Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright in successive rounds, to win the same event, part of the Australian Open of Surfing, in 2015.  This after overcoming bouts of anxiety that affected her surfing.

 

And despite an early exit at last week's Taggart Pro in Newcastle, Enever starts the year ranked 17th in the world, and will use Manly as the final chance to tune up before the WSL season kicks off at Snapper Rocks next week. 

 

Follow Laura at the webcast right here http://www.australianopenofsurfing.com/2016/live 

Elise Kellond-Knight

Take your pick from a Matilda's side bursting with confidence and playing with supreme belief after the perfect start of the 2016 Olympic qualifying campaign.

 

But one player who is crucial to the team's style of play and their chances of success, is Elise Kellond-Knight.  The central midfielder, who swapped the W-league for Germany last year, is the metronome of the team.  With a superb range of passing, an innate ability to read the game, KK keeps the team ticking over, keeps the ball moving, and keeps making the right decisions.  

 

Her move to Germany came off the back of a stellar World Cup, where she made the All-Star team, and the 25 year old now looks set to play a major role in getting the Matilda's into the Rio Olympics.

 

She may not command the short of attention that Kyah Simon or Lisa De Vanna attract, but make no mistake.  KK is a key member for this Australian side.  

 

Watch Elise on 7 Mate this weekend as the Matilda's take on Korea Republic Friday and North Korea on Sunday. 

Morgan Mitchell

Melbourne will showcase some world class athletics this weekend as the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge comes to Lakeside Stadium in beautiful Albert Park.

 

Nowhere will the competition be as fierce as the Women's 400m, with the Jamaican pair of  Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer and Beijing 2015  relay gold medallist Christine Day, facing local stars Morgan Mitchell, Anneliese Rubie and Monica Brennan to deliver one of the most competitive women’s 400m races in recent Australian Athletics Tour history.

 

For Mitchell, it's been a ground breaking 2016, as a new coach, diet and training regime have literally transformed the 21 year old.

After losing 3kg in the off season, Mitchell stormed into 2016 smashing her personal bests in the 200m and 400m setting Olympic Qualifying times along the way. She lowered her one lap mark again in winning the Victorian title.

 

Mitchell, a former junior netball star burst onto the scene by winning the national 400m title in 2014 which got her on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games team.

“Once I crossed the line my whole world changed,” she told the Herald Sun. “I wasn’t expecting that much publicity and I admit I got a bit carried away but I was young and immature.

“I think I needed that whole year to learn because I didn’t get the result I wanted at the Commonwealth Games and I was pretty pissed off. I reckon if that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be here now.”

 

After winning the national title, she reached out to fellow 400m runner, Australian sporting legend Cathy Freeman, and the pair have developed a close relationship.

 

The full meet will be live streamed right here http://athletics.com.au/Compete/Live-Stream

 

Minjee Lee

She may only be 19, but Perth born Minjee Lee may just be the next big thing in World Golf.  

The 2014 Australian Amateur Champion turned pro soon after and quickly made an impact on the LPGA Tour, winning the Kingsmill Championship in May last year.  She added six additional top-10 finishes, including a tie for ninth at the RICOH Women's British Open, her best finish in a major.

 

Ranked 16 in the world, She has had a decent start to 2016 claiming an eight place finish in Thailand last week, a result helped by a surprise trip to an optometrist! 

 

Lee has just started wearing contact lenses after learning her vision was slightly out of focus.

The 19-year-old only found out about the problem after undergoing a routine eye test as part of a mandatory medical screening ahead of this year's Rio Olympics.

"The optometrist said two years it's been deteriorating. She said my brain was just so used to it,' Lee said. "I was like, okay. But now I can see like really, really clearly."

 

Lee is currently in Singapore and took a share of the lead with Taiwan's Candie Kung at the LPGA's Women's Champions tournament on Thursday. Lee made four birdies and an eagle in her opening round of 5-under 67 to join Kung at the top of the leaderboard on a windy day at the Sentosa Golf Club.