SOLIHULL teenager Danielle Khan has made it to the GB track cycling Olympic Development Programme.
It’s a remarkable achievement for the 17-year-old from Solihull, who is already a triple National Champion in track cycling, as she only took up the sport three years ago.
Now the former GB Short-track speed skater is in training for the Junior World Track Championships in Glasgow next August, as well as the European Championships in July.
“I took up cycling as an alternative to running for my off season base training,” said Danielle, a student at Solihull Sixth Form College.
“I was looking for something to increase my aerobic fitness that didn’t involve running so I started cycling at Solihull Cycling Club where I was given the opportunity to attend a DHL Sprint School at Manchester Velodrome. From that day on I was hooked.
“I’m part of the Olympic Development Programme, which is for 16-18-year-olds, but competition is so strong so I have to train really hard to ensure I keep my place on the programme. When I turn 18, I will apply for the Academy Programme and my hope is that I will be able to move to Manchester and train full-time at the Velodrome there.
“I have spent some time in Manchester already and I got to train alongside people like Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, which was great. I had a really nice chat with Victoria Pendleton, who is lovely. It was very inspirational.”
Danielle juggles her cycling training with her studies at the College, where she is studying for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.