Earlier this month Stephenson College caught up with sport student Alistair Fielding, future Team GB hopeful and one of British Cycling’s most exciting young prospects.
Alistair, 18, has represented British Cycling in Junior and Men’s sprint events across the United Kingdom and Europe in a bid to break into Team GB squad for the 2020 Japan Olympics and Team England squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Having already come in touching distance of medalling at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships, finishing fourth in Italy last year, Alistair is driven to succeed going forward.
Talking about his journey so far he told us: “Track Cycling isn’t the most conventional of sports to pick up, it all started because my brother took it up when we were younger, although if I’m being completely honest I only really did it because I wanted to be better than him at something and show him up, I didn’t even enjoy cycling at first.
“Like a lot of athletes though I feel like the buzz of the London 2012 Olympic Games really helped spur me on to make it at a higher level!
“I narrowly missed out on going to the Commonwealth Games in Australia this year due to my age, although I’m positive that I’ll be able to make it to the next Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games on home soil in 2022."
Nearly at the end of his time here at Stephenson College Alistair will relocate to Manchester in the coming months where he will train at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, where he will benefit greatly from the centre’s world class facilities, during this period he will progress from Team GB Junior programme onto the senior programme.
In the meanwhile, despite the pressures faced in being a top level athlete Alistair remains positive for his future and incredibly grateful for his success: “I’m training six days a week both at Derby velodrome and in the gym, it’s a difficult schedule and it kills your social life but it’s worth it in the long run.
“I’m really thankful for Kaye and Jamie my course tutors, they’ve made coming to college and studying whilst training easy as it can be for me, all things considered, their continued support and understanding has really been of a great benefit to me.”