Bourne cycling starlet Maddie Gammons (15) hopes to follow the lead set by some of Britain’s hottest sporting prospects when she competes at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester next weekend.
Exactly eight months after becoming national under-16 girls cyclo-cross series champion and runner-up in the one-day British Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championships in south Wales, Maddie is aiming for a podium place in both individual and team endurance races.
If she does it, the Bourne Wheelers club rider will join a stellar list of stars for whom the School Games has led to success on the global stage, including heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and triple world swimming champion Adam Peaty.
Maddie said: “I’m really looking forward to it and it’ll be a really good atmosphere because it’s not just cycling but other sports as well.
“This year, we’re staying in the same hotel as all the other athletes so it would be nice to get to know people in other sports and see what they do.”
Maddie, coached by Pinchbeck racer Adam Ellis, will be taking part in her second School Games in succession as part of the eight-strong England East Midlands cycling team that also includes Spalding Cycling Club prospect Tilly Gurney.
“Me and Tilly get on really well and we do a lot of training together,” Maddie said. “All the team were really excited last year and the atmosphere there was something that you don’t get very often.”
Maddie’s cyclo-cross success saw her being made an honorary life member of Bourne Wheelers in January.
She said: “I’m hoping to do the two endurance events and get a medal in each of them.”