Onich teenager picks up three medals
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