As a female athlete, I wanted a baby, and I thought, ‘why should I let it end my career?
How did you first get into cycling? I’d always been sporty. I’d always been into all the team sports and I really enjoyed it. But it was actually my parents that got me into cycling. My mum chose cycling as a way of losing weight when I was eight years old, and that was it, really. My sister and I really enjoyed it, so we just carried on doing it.
From there, what was the journey to the top of the sport like?
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Laura Kenny • Olympic cycling champion you can get onto the GB programme. I basically just went through the system, literally from the bottom to the top, through British Cycling. Obviously, cycling isn’t easy, but in terms of moving through the system, I didn’t really have any hiccups. I had it quite smooth onto the senior programme, and then my Olympic day came around so much faster than I thought it was going to.
fun. And then, I guess it’s a bit like football,
How important is sport to you, personally, on a day-to-day level?
in that you get scouted. I did a test when
It’s always been important. I always loved
I was about 13 to get onto a programme
having an active life. That’s what I want
called Talent Team, which was my first
for my son, Albie, when he’s growing
I just did it because I enjoyed it – it was
stepping stone to the Great Britain team. They have different academies for
Laura Kenny is a four time Olympic
up. I think it’s a really healthy way of
Gold Medallist in cycling
living. It’s not even the fact that I do it because I love it – because I obviously do
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different ages and then once you’re 18
Kenny (far left) in the Women’s Team Pursuit final at the 2018 European Championships
Issue 4 2018
Sports Management Issue 4 2018