If you’re aged between 15 and 21 you could be just what UK Sport are looking for as they hunt the next generation of power athletes to compete for Team GB at the Olympics.
#DiscoverYourPower, a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and British Cycling, is looking to fast track both male and female athletes into high performance sport, but it doesn’t matter if you’re not already a serious cyclist.
If you have raw sporting potential, the UK Sport talent identification programmes and performance pathways will help you find the sport for you and help you on your way to Olympic success.
Six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy said: “UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport have a strong track record of finding great British talent and then finding the right sports in which those talents can succeed.
“Likewise, British Cycling has consistently produced world-class riders over many years and in Katy Marchant there is an excellent example of someone who will be competing in this week’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships having switched to cycling just three years ago.
“So it’s very exciting to see the three organisations partnering for #DiscoverYourPower – the next great British sprint cycling talent is out there and they’ve just been given the opportunity to take the first step on the road to the Tokyo Olympics.”
While the campaign is trying to find athletes for a number of Olympic sports, such as canoeing and skeleton bobsleigh, track cycling is one of the most high-profile sports searching for athletes.
Ian Yates, British Cycling Performance Pathway manager, said: “Talent selection, identity and transfer are all essential parts of our recruitment processes and important aspects of the Rider Route, British Cycling’s programme to help the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling.
“The Great Britain Cycling Team has always looked at all avenues for talent, be it those coming through the club system like Becky James, those moving between disciplines like Shanaze Reade, and those that can transfer quickly from another sport like Katy Marchant.
“We are setting our sights on Tokyo and beyond and we’ll leave nothing to chance in finding and developing the best British sporting talent.”
“I made the switch to cycling and I haven’t looked back – British Cycling’s Rider Route is a world-leading talent development programme with a history of successes including Jason Kenny, Liam Phillips, Ed Clancy and Laura Trott,” she said.
“The Great Britain Cycling Team can be a tough place and there are high expectations on everyone, staff and riders, but it is also an environment where there is a passionate determination to give talented people the best possible chance to shine.”
To find out more about the programme, visit the UK Sport Talent website.