Fort William lad set to jour­ney to Ba­hamas for Com­mon­wealth com­pe­ti­tions

The Oban Times - - Sport -

COM­MON­WEALTH Games Scot­land has an­nounced the 41 ath­letes who have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Team Scot­land at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games.

With less than 50 days to go un­til the in­ter­na­tional multi-sport games in Nas­sau, Ba­hamas, the ath­letes aged be­tween 15 and 18 are gear­ing up to com­pete in seven of the nine sports, in­clud­ing ath­let­ics, beach vol­ley­ball, boxing, cy­cling, judo, swim­ming and ten­nis.

And one Fort William lad will be mak­ing the jour­ney, to com­pete in cy­cling, as the sport makes a re­turn to the games af­ter a six-year ab­sence.

Stephen Dent will be rep­re­sent­ing Team Scot­land in July. The 18-year- old will com­pete in both the road race and in­di­vid­ual time trial.

Stephen has been elected for the Bri­tish Cy­cling Olympic De­vel­op­ment Ap­pren­tice­ship and has just achieved his first cat­e­gory race li­cence as a firstyear ju­nior.

Re­becca Machin, head teacher at Kinlochleven High School, where Stephen is a pupil, said: ‘Stephen is a hard­work­ing and con­sci­en­tious stu­dent who ap­plies him­self in all that he does, and is a credit to his school and to him­self.

‘We have a keen, sup­port­ive and en­thu­si­as­tic PE depart­ment but have no way of sup­port­ing Stephen to his full po­ten­tial in cy­cling as a school. To achieve this he has needed to or­gan­ise and take part in a wide range of spe­cial­ist post-school and ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar train­ing, which re­quires a great deal of trav­el­ling.’

Stephen Dent.

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