Kennett enjoys first game experience

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Waimate cyclist Dylan Kennett says his first trip to the Commonwealth Games was a fantastic success.

Kennett was part of the men’s sprint team, which looked destined to be part of the gold medal ride, but a couple of small technical errors left the team with bronze.

“It was such an awesome experience to be a part of,” Kennet said.

“It was just such a great achievement. Obviously, myself and the rest of the team are a touch disappointed we didn’t get gold, but we will take that on the chin and are incredibly thankful we managed to get a medal.”

The sprint team came up against Canada in their battle for bronze and had far too much firepower for their North American opponents, who they hauled in with 500m left.

“We were happy with the sprint in the bronze medal race, but we know ourselves. If we rode like that, then we would’ve been part of the gold medal race,” he said.

After taking up cycling in November 2008, Kennett has not looked back and he rates the Commonwealth Games as his best accomplishment to date.

“It’s my career highlight so far, winning bronze, but it was also a fantastic feeling to be part of the team that helped Shane Archbold claim gold in the scratch race. We all feel like we are a small part of that medal.”

Kennett, who has been back in Waimate for about five days, is enjoying his time at home.

“It’s good to be back home and be able to rest for a couple of weeks and not having to worry about getting on my bike,” he said.

The Olympic Games in Rio, in 2016, still remain Kennett’s ultimate goal.

“They are the overall goal and hopefully I can make them, but for now it’s all about enjoying my rest and then preparing for the Oceanias in October.”

The 19-year-old’s mother, Caryl Kennett, was present when her son won bronze.

“He did incredibly well and I’m so proud of him. He rode fantastically well,” she said.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

WELL PLEASED: Dylan Kennett, happy with his Commonwealth Games bronze medal.