Maddi makes Canterbury U19s

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Talented bike racer Maddi Lowry has claimed a gold, two silvers and four bronze medals in a variety of events at the Canterbury track cycling championships.

Her success at the championships, held at the Denton Velodrome, has now seen her chosen for the Canterbury women’s under 19 team.

The Ashburton College Year 13 student has made an impressive comeback after having six months off the bike following a bad crash in a National Track Series race in Invercargill last June.

“I crashed during a tempo points race and landed very hard on the concrete on the inside of the wooden velodrome.

“My knees took most of the impact and I also damaged my hip and spine,” Maddi said.

She had needed to make regular visits to a sports doctor and weekly visits to a sports physio in Christchurch.

“I had time off the bike and gym work to heal for rehabilitation and I followed a specific exercise and stretching regime gradually increasing my time on the bike and gym work to get me back to full training and racing intensities,” she said.

The 17-year-old only returned to racing just before Christmas and has made very good progress since.

She is back in the Canterbury team and will compete at the upcoming National Track Championships in Cambridge in mid-March.