Sarah Sydney to make history
MARYBOROUGH’S Sarah Sydney slid out of contention for next month’s Winter Olympics but into the history books in Canada.
The 25-year-old has missed out in her final push for selection in the British skeleton team after two all-or-nothing races in the Intercontinental Cup in Calgary.
Needing to produce probably the best results of her life to have any chance of making the team heading to Vancouver, Sydney finished eighth in the first race and 15th in the second.
Not good enough to make the Olympics, but certainly good enough to have her name written into the history books for the Calgary track, the one used during the making of the comedy movie Cool Runnings, a movie based on the exploits of Jamaican bobsled team during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Sydney, who is ranked fourth in the British squad and 36th in the world, is now the fastest female starter in the history of the track, ironically after the race she finished 15th in.
“I broke the start record in it,” the former Aldridge State High School student said yesterday before heading to Salt Lake City for the final race of her season.
“That certainly made up for my overall performance in the race – I didn’t slide as well as I had in the first.
“That was a shame because to finish eighth in such a very strong field felt amazing I can tell you.”
Although Sydney, a former Australian junior triple jump champion, missed out on Olympic selection, she said she had plenty to be happy about.
“I know these results weren’t good enough to get me on the Olympic team but I’m still really happy,” she said.
“I’ve been sliding well but the standard of racing is really high heading into the Olympics.
“Nevertheless, I’m really proud to have made it this far after only two seasons of sliding.”