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Cyclist Millie Donald in fine form

Cyclist Millie Donald in fine form

Millie Donald powers up Mount Wellington, Auckland, during the schools’ northern tour. Photo / Craig Gerken It has been a busy and rewarding year for…

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Millie Donald powers up Mount Wellington, Auckland, during the schools’ northern tour. Photo / Craig Gerken

It has been a busy and rewarding year for promising young cyclist Millie Donald.

Donald, who turns 16 in mid-January, was a joint winner of the Cycling category in the College Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards, and was Kāpiti College’s top individual sportsperson for Year 11.

Donald, from Raumati South, took part in various national age group road and mountain biking competitions/tours around the country throughout the year, claiming various titles. She was “very happy and proud” of her achievements throughout the year.

A key moment in the school road nationals was one of her highlights of the year.

“I’m not so much of a sprinter, so I’ll end up in a breakaway and then get outsprinted at the finish. Keep up to date with the day’s biggest stories

“But I had been doing some interval stuff to help [me] get better at sprinting.“At the nationals, three of us got into a breakaway.“One of the girls was at a similar sprinting level to me, but the other would always beat me.“Coming into the finish, one of the girls started sprinting really early, which kind of helped me because I sat in behind.“And then the really fast one started going, still quite far away, but I could get past her.“I was so happy, because I had never been able to outsprint someone like her before.”One of her last events of the year was the Whaka 100 mountain […]

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