OLYMPIC HOPES FOR CY­CLISTS

CY­CLING

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HILLING­DON Slip­stream­ers has had three young cy­clists simultaneously in­vited on to the Olympic De­vel­op­ment Ap­pren­tice (ODA) Scheme for the first time in their his­tory.

Har­riet Mel­lor, Lorna Bowler and Charles Page will be­gin the ap­pren­tice­ship with Bri­tish Cy­cling next week at the Lee Val­ley Velo­drome.

Club chair­man Ali­son Grant said: “Ev­ery­one at Hilling­don Slip­stream­ers Cy­cling Club is so proud and de­lighted that three of our young rid­ers have had their tal­ent recog­nised by Bri­tish Cy­cling.

“It is tes­ta­ment to all their hard work and ef­fort and to their coaches who have helped to guide them and achieve suc­cess. I know they will con­tinue to serve as ex­cel­lent role mod­els for all our other as­pir­ing rac­ing tal­ent at Slip­stream­ers.”

She was keen to thank head coach Dave George for all his hard work in help­ing the rid­ers achieve their suc­cess.

George said: “Charles, Har­riet and Lorna have all shown ter­rific ded­i­ca­tion to rise to the next level of Olympic De­vel­op­ment Ap­pren­tices.

“They have worked hard at club level and shown po­ten­tial at re­gional and na­tional level races, that they have se­cured one of the high­est ac­co­lades that an U16 rider can achieve.”

To be se­lected, rid­ers have to show ex­cel­lence at re­gional level and be put for­ward by re­gional coaches and the ap­pren­tice­ship is one step closer to­wards reach­ing the ul­ti­mate goal of join­ing the Olympic Podium Pro­gramme.

■ RECOG­NISED TAL­ENT: (Clock­wise from main pic­ture) Charles Page, Lorna Bowler and Har­riet Mel­lor

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