Georgia Baker represented Australia in the Team Pursuit at the Track World Cup last week in New Zealand, coming home with the gold medal after beating Canada in the final.

It was a close battle but the Australian team of world champions Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure with Isabella King and Georgia Baker claimed gold in 4mins 18.213secs.

Australia took the early advantage and lead by four tenths of a second after the opening kilometre before Canada clawed their way back to lead by less than a tenth at the half way point. It was then Australia who turned the tables back in the third kilometre before holding their narrow advantage to the line.

“I am really happy to come away from the Track World Cup with a Gold medal in the Teams Pursuit. Our goal heading into the competition was to win the Teams Pursuit and it was great to be able to achieve that. It is a really positive stepping stone for myself and the team.”

For Baker the victory had a special meaning with today being her late father’s birthday. “It is special to all of us, especially to wear these black bands. We all went out there and wanted to do it for Pat, and we did that,” added her teammate Amy Cure.