Onich teenager picks up three medals

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A TEENAGER from Lochaber put his home vil­lage of Onich on the map when he rep­re­sented Scot­land at a UK-wide ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion.

Stephen Dent picked up three prizes for cy­cling, both in­di­vid­u­ally and as part of a team at the Sains­bury’s 2015 School Games in Manch­ester, which was held from Septem­ber 3 to 6.

The 16-year- old was part of a mixed-gen­der team of eight who held a strong lead dur­ing three days of rac­ing and won the over­all com­pe­ti­tion with a clear mar­gin.

Kin­lochleven high school pupil Stephen was also part of the trio who set a new Bri­tish Youth record when they fin­ished the boys team sprint in 49.297 sec­onds.

In his third suc­cess of the week­end, Stephen took home a bronze medal in the in­di­vid­ual 250-me­tre time trial for his 19.44 sec­ond ef­fort.

Stephen proved he is as suc­cess­ful in aca­demic life as he is in sport as he achieved six As in his Na­tional 5 ex­ams this year, but hopes to take cy­cling fur­ther.

He said: ‘At the mo­ment, I’m work­ing in the Olympic de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and I am happy where I am. My achiev­able aim is to com­pete in ei­ther the 2018 or the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games and also to com­pete at a na­tional level for the UK.’

Stephen Dent pre­par­ing to com­pete in the Sains­bury’s 2015 School

Games where he picked up three medals

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