By Jim Birchall
Saint Kentigern wunderkind Ruby Spring is 13 years old and in her third year of cycling. She recently cleaned up the medals at the Northern and Southern under 15 cycling events.
After following her father and brother into the sport, the Whitford local is destined for greatness if her recent gold medal haul is anything to go by.
Competing in the Criterium, Hill Climb, and individual time trial, Ruby blew away the competition to claim gold in all three disciplines.
Her next individual event is the New Zealand Secondary Schools champs (NZSS) in Palmerston North, before traveling to Invercargill for the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland and then it’s on to the NZSS Track Champs also held in the southern city.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ruby is also a talented triathlete. She won the school’s Triathlete of the year award, placing third in the junior girls at the NZSS champs earlier in the year.
“Ruby is a very determined athlete who works very hard at her sport. She hopes to make a career out of cycling by being part of an overseas pro team,” says Lynne Scutt, Saint Kentigern College premier team sports manager.