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Albany’s Danica Wiggins has returned home from the Australian Junior Track Championships in Sydney with a silver medal while representing WA.

Danica made the trip for the national championships with younger sister Emily as part of the WA team after strong results at the Junior State Titles in January.

The 14-year-old was competing in the under-17 division and took home silver in the 3000m team pursuit event, losing out by 1.6 seconds to South Australia.

Danica was also competing in the team sprint, placing ninth.

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She was 18th in the 500m time trial with a personal best time of 39.6 seconds.

Emily Wiggins in her time trial.
Camera IconEmily Wiggins in her time trial.

Danica’s other events included the flying 200m and the 30-lap points race.

Emily unfortunately crashed in her points race, causing damage to the bike, which meant she couldn’t finish the race.

The 12-year-old also competed in the flying 200m, 500m time trial, 30-lap scratch race, and team sprint events.

The pair have been making regular trips to Perth — along with older brother Craig — in recent months to train and compete at the SpeedDome, as there is no indoor cycling track in Albany. Both girls were competing in their first year of their age divisions, meaning they will compete in the same age group at next year’s event.

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