Hoping to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner took a break from his intensive training last week to visit Rosewell and Newtongrange primary schools.
With places in the UK Cycling team for the 2012 Games up for grabs, he is focused on getting selected. However, on Friday he generously spent time encouraging pupils at the two Midlothian schools to cycle more often.
Chris Rae, acting head teacher at Rosewell Primary, said of the visit: “As Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly School, we were thrilled to be visited by Callum and his bike. The pupils were inspired by his determination to succeed in the Olympics and asked many interesting questions. By encouraging cycling in our school and community, we might even inspire the Olympic hopefuls of the future!”
Speaking about his trip to Midlothian, Callum said: “Taking a break from training and coming back to the Lothians reminded me of the great support I have back home, and I was delighted to be able to give something back to the community.
“Overall, my training is going well, but there is not much time left to impress the coaches, so I’m giving qualification everything I’ve got just now. It would be such an honour to make the team. No names have been listed yet, but with only one place per country in each event I’m focused on recording the fastest time. Competing at the Games is an experience our Scottish cyclists at the Beijing 2008 Games will never forget.
“The prospect of representing my country when the Games come to London this summer would be amazing, and it’s motivating me to push myself harder everyday. This year marks the beginning of an exciting two-year period which offers a unique opportunity to hopefully compete in front of home crowds; in London this summer and then in Glasgow in 2014 for the Commonwealth Games.”