Hamish to ride tall in Olympic velodrome

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In the lead up to the Olympic Games it must be every athlete’s dream of taking to the track or field for their particular sport. And for local cyclist Hamish Carrick from Cornhill-on-Tweed it’s a dream about to come true.

At just 15 years-old, Hamish is quickly establishing himself as one of our leading talents in the sports of road, track and cyclocross cycle racing.

He has already gathered a number of victories including the 2012 U16 Scottish Cyclocross Championship as well as receiving the 2011 Berwick and District Sports Performance of the Year Award.

With this, it comes as no surprise that Hamish has been selected to join a four-man team to represent Scotland in the UK School Games next month.

When asked how he felt about the looming event, Hamish replied:

“I’m really excited. It’s fantastic to be asked to represent my country and to fly the flag for Berwick.

“I’ve trained hard all winter and I’ve already notched up some wins this season so I know I’m going well.”

Hamish will be competing in the newly built Velodrome, located on the north side of the Olympic park, in front of what could potentially be a 6,000 strong crowd.

Despite the possibility of this huge audience however, Hamish isn’t phased:

“A big part of my race preparation is to visualise the event – I go through all parts of the race in my head before I get there. That means I don’t worry about the event as I’ve already thought it through and know what to expect.

“I’ll be a bit nervous when I go to the start line but I also know that once I’m on my bike I dial out everything else – all I hear is my own breathing, all I see is the Cote ‘d’azure (the thin blue line around the edge of the track that the cyclists follow) and any riders that may be near me.

“But once I cross the line, it all explodes back into my head! So there are some nerves, but I’m far more excited than nervous.”

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games, to give them their full title, is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age.

In this, their inaugural year, the Games are being held in the brand new Olympic Park as well other London based venues between 6-9 May. The choice of location obviously an effort to build on the excitement and anticipation of the Olympic Games themself, due to kick off at the end of July.

Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars are set to compete over the four days, with an expected total of 35,000 spectators set to descend on the event in their support.

Competition will be held in 12 current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports with fencing, rugby sevens, gymnastics, hockey, badminton, athletics, cycling, judo, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball all featuring on a packed roster.

There will be disability events in six sports: athletics, fencing, swimming, judo, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

Hamish will be among the last athletes to make use of the Olympic facilities before the historical games begin with the infamous opening ceremony scheduled for July 27.

In an attempt to influence potential young athletes of the future, tickets for the event are free of charge for school groups wishing to make the journey in support of competing pupils. The families of competitors will also be granted free admission over the course of the event.

For more details and ticket information visit; www.2012schoolgames.com