Queenstown women shoot and ride for Games medals

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Two Queenstown favourites – mountain biker Kate Fluker and shooter Jenna MacKenzie – go for gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this month. Alastair Lynn speaks to the pair

This season has been a whirlwind of training, competing and fundraising for Kate Fluker. 

A summer spent fundraising has allowed her to travel all over the world and compete in three World Cup rounds. 

“The first round was in Cairns. I’m really glad I went as I got 17th, my first top 20 result,” she says. 

From there Fluker travelled to the Czech Republic and Germany, gaining similar results competing against some of the world’s best. 

“My World Cup standing moved to 22nd and I am the first non-pro rider in the ranks.” 

Fluker will compete in cross country mountain biking in Glasgow, a different track compared with many World Cup stages. 

“We have had to alter the training slightly to more intervals/efforts on the flat. We are doing everything we can to make sure I am as ready as possible.” 

Fluker raised close to $10,000 during the summer, with the help of local businesses and events. 

“We are so grateful to the Queenstown community for backing us.” 

If all goes well during the next month, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 are definitely on the cards. 

“I never thought I would be going to the Commonwealth Games. I have tried to keep a pretty relaxed approach to it all but now I am actually going, for the next few years it’s game on.”