Cyclist Iona Moir will celebrate the end of her A-Levels a little differently to the rest of her classmates – by going for gold in Birmingham.
Londoner Moir will head to the Lea Valley VeloPark to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games this summer, a first multi-sport championships for the teenager.
It has only been a matter of weeks since she finished her exams, but her focus is now firmly set on representing her country in one of sports’ biggest stages.
With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to inspire people and communities across the country this summer, Moir hopes sharing her story will give others motivation to get involved in sport and turn their dreams into reality.
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Moir is one of over than 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing her to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science, and medical support.
She said: “I just finished my exams a few weeks ago - it’s cool. Obviously, you finish school and take a break but it’s so cool to finish and then have something to focus on and enjoy with everyone.
“I think it was quite hard to manage but I was just taking it day by day and planning your day, organising everything, but I’ve managed to fit it in quite well. I’m happy with how it’s all gone so far.
“It’s good not to stress over schoolwork and get back to training. I can rest and recover properly now. It just helps my cycling.
“It’s my first one. It means a lot to me. It’s cool, and to be able to come out of school and compete, it’s going to be good.”
This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will compromise of over 250 athletes, and having secured her place on the squad, Moir is looking for medal success.
Moir will be competing in four events at the Games, individually in the keirin, sprint and 500m time trial, as well as the team sprint alongside Lauren Bell and Lusia Steele.
It is the first time since 2010 that Scotland have fielded a team for the women’s team sprint and Moir is looking forward to being in action, particularly in that event and in front of friends and family.
She added: “I think it’s really cooled to be able to get a team in. We’ve trained hard and qualifying, we’ve put all our efforts into that.
“It’s mainly just about enjoying the experience and then obviously it would be nice to PB in some of the events and do well as a team in the team sprint and put together a performance we’re happy with.
“I live 20 minutes away from the track so all my friends and family are coming to watch, which will be really good.”
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