Job search
Job Search

People profile: Laura Kenny

Olympic cycling champion

Published in Sports Management 2018 issue 4
Read on turning pages | Download PDF of this issue
Kenny is Great Britain’s most successful female Olympic competitor of all time / © John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images
Kenny is Great Britain’s most successful female Olympic competitor of all time/ © John Walton/PA Wire/PA Images

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?
I just did it because I enjoyed it – it was fun. And then, I guess it’s a bit like football, in that you get scouted. I did a test when I was about 13 to get onto a programme called Talent Team, which was my first stepping stone to the Great Britain team.

They have different academies for different ages and then once you’re 18 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.

How important is sport to you, personally, on a day-to-day level?
It’s always been important. I always loved having an active life. That’s what I want for my son, Albie, when he’s growing up. I think it’s a really healthy way of living. It’s not even the fact that I do it because I love it – because I obviously do love cycling – but I also do it because it makes me feel good about myself.

How have you found getting back into training after having a baby?
I always thought, as a female athlete, that I wanted a baby and why should I let it end my career? So I always planned that I would have one during my career.

I’m not going to lie, it’s certainly tough. In the beginning, it was hard because you’re thrown in the deep end. I had no idea how my body would react. And my body is completely different to what it was before, but I’m adapting to it, and I’m feeling more and more like myself every day.

It may be that I end up getting back to what I was before, but if I don’t, then that’s just life isn’t it? I can cope with that.

Do you think big sporting events can inspire people to become more active?
Yeah, definitely. I think these events provide a huge boost. Because seeing it gives people encouragement and they think, “Oh, I can do that”. The more we can get sport on telly, especially women’s sport, the better. Because I do think female sporting role models can be incredibly powerful.

You recently spoke at Active Uprising. What are your recommendations for getting more people active?
Personally, as a cyclist, I would say we need more clubs, because getting people into the clubs is a massive thing. That’s how I started, I just joined a club with my family. You get all the advice and coaching and join a community. And I think that’s really important, to get that encouragement.

But I think school also has an important part to play. I think it’s too easy to say, ‘Oh well, there’s only an hour in the curriculum that they have to do a week’. I think children need more than that. Not even sport, but activity – outdoor activity. I do feel that it’s really important to have an outdoor lifestyle.

What do you think sports clubs can do to attract total beginners?
Beginners’ programmes are obviously great. I remember at some of the clubs I went to you had to be a certain standard, it wasn’t open to everyone. So I think if more clubs could have different groups to suit different abilities, that would be perfect. Then beginners can move through and learn from everybody.

I think that’s important, because you don’t want to be thrown in the deep end, people want to feel like they’re part of something. They want to feel like they have a place there.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £16,696 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Cockermouth, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Gerrards Cross, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £9.00 per hour
Location: Woodstock, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 pa (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Wallingford, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 pa (39 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Wallingford, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Belfast, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £9.00 per hour
Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
recruiting with sports management

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £8.21 per hour
Location: Swindon, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £16,696 pa (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Taunton, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £9.00 per hour
Location: Cambridge, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Competitive
Location: Amersham, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum
Location: Leyton, London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.55 per hour
Location: Leyton, London, UK

Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 pa (40 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Stratford, London, UK
recruiting with sports management

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £16,696 pa (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Swindon, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £9.00 per hour
Location: Bath, UK

Recreation Assistant

Mytime Active
Salary: £17,076 per annum pro rata
Location: Bromley, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £23,894 per annum
Location: Crystal Palace, London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £16,696 pa (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Kendal, UK

Finance Manager

The Gym Group
Salary: Competitive salary plus bonus
Location: Croydon, UK

Membership Consultant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Lutterworth, UK
training with sports management

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.55 per hour
Location: Chingford, London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum (40 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Leytonstone, London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £18,305 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Fleet, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £19,775 pa (39 hours a weeks pro rata)
Location: Cambridge, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.55 per hour
Location: Morden, UK

Recreation Assistant

Parkwood Leisure
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, UK
lifeguard jobs  Swimming Teacher jobs  apprenticeships jobs  recreation assistant jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  Swimming Instructor jobs  membership consultant jobs  general manager jobs  General Assistant jobs  duty manager jobs  fitness instructor jobs  Customer Advisor jobs  Leisure Assistant jobs  Aqua Instructor jobs  Attractions Crew jobs 
More jobs

Catalogue Gallery

JP Lennard: Leading supplier to Commercial Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres, Health & Fitness Clubs, Hotels, Holiday Parks, Schools and Universities, supplying thousands of products directly into these sectors.
JPL
BSW: BSW is a manufacturer of sports floorings, sports mats, gym flooring, elastomer products for impact sound insulation and vibration isolation, anti-slip mats for securing loads as well as protective and separating layers.
BSW
More catalogues

Video Gallery

Myzone
Tracking your workout effort just became effortless.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Ridgeway Furniture Manufacturing Limited
For 30 years Ridgeway has been manufacturing lockers and ancillary changing room furniture including vanity units, changing cubicles and treatment room furniture for golf, leisure club and spa clients.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

EXF on creating the ultimate combat area
In recent years, combat exercise has increased in popularity among contemporary gym-users.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside
Company: Wirral Borough Council
Location: Various Sites
Company: Porters Commercial
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

24-25 Apr 2019
Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom
05-10 May 2019
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia
08-09 May 2019
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
08-09 May 2019
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
More diary dates