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Cycling through the ‘Payne’
8:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
A WARRINGTON teenager is determined to clinch a place on British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme.
Jack Payne enjoyed a successful National Youth and Junior Track Championships in August, finishing third in the under 16s male sprint.
However, the 15-year-old Birchwood Community High School pupil faces a nervous wait to hear whether British Cycling will accept his application.
“It’s important as it’s where a lot of riders who are on the British team now started, like Jason Kenny,” said Payne at Lloyds Bank’s Join In event.
“It would help with everything from nutrition plans to training sessions and new gear and travelling costs. I’m now waiting for the news – it’s a couple of months before I find out.
“I really want to get into it, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t, but it would be a massive help if I could get selected for it.”
Payne is currently on British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team – a regionally based programme aimed at finding talented young riders and preparing them for transition up the ladder.
“I’ve progressed a lot this season,” he added. “It was my first year on the Olympic Talent Team and I’ve learned so much.”
Lloyds Bank Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 1,000 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes. As part of Lloyds Bank’s commitment to helping future sports stars, the programme will continue in 2013. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydsbanklocalheroes
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