Lucy Martin, who this summer was part of the Team GB cycling team at the London 2012 Olympics, returned to her routes this week when she visited Cronton Sixth Form to talk the sports students about her experiences at the Olympics.
Lucy, who studied for her A levels at Cronton four years ago was invited back to the College to talk about the level of commitment and training than is required to compete at the highest level.
She said, “It was great to return to College and see all of the fantastic new facilities and new practices the sports department have to offer students. Whilst I was a student at Cronton I was able to adapt my timetable to cater for my training and now all of that hard work and support has paid off. “
“As part of my English A level whilst at Cronton Sixth Form, I completed a piece of course work about Nicole Cook, a cycling gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics and it is amazing to return here having competed in the Olympics myself. I was lovely to talk to the students and answer all of their questions. I hope I have managed to inspire them and encourage them to follow their sporting dreams.”
The students Lucy visited are already competing at a high level and listened enthusiastically to her stories about representing Great Britain at the Olympics, how she was selected and her plans for the future. They were also very keen to hear about her training and her commitment to cycling to discover what it takes to be an Olympic athlete
Former Grange High School pupil and National Taekwondo champion Hollie Bousfield who is currently studying the BTEC Extended diploma in Sport Development and Fitness at Cronton Sixth Form said, “Lucy was at the college four years ago and now she’s part of the GB Olympic Cycling team, it was brilliant to be able to speak to her and find out exactly what it takes to get to the top of your sport. I’ll be taking all of the advice on board and hope that it will help me follow in Lucy’s footsteps.”
Head of Sporting Excellence, Ben Barton said “We have a lot of students who play sport at regional, national and international level so it was great for them to speak to someone like Lucy who has achieved so much since leaving Cronton Sixth Form, the students were definitely inspired by Lucy’s visit and I’m sure it will provide another boost to the student’s academic and sporting performance in the future”