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Laura Trott

My sporting journey began on a trampoline, but I was forced to quit as I kept passing out mid-air! Laura Trott, cyclist & double Olympic gold medallist

Published in Health Club Management 2015 issue 7
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Laura Trott believes elite sport can inspire the general public to be more active / PHOTO: HUW WILLIAMS
Laura Trott believes elite sport can inspire the general public to be more active/ PHOTO: HUW WILLIAMS

When and why did you first take up cycling?
I’ve always been really keen on sport from a young age. My sporting journey began on a trampoline, but I was forced to quit as I kept passing out mid-air! I then began to go down to my local cycling club with my mum, who was trying to lose weight.

You’re now a double Olympic gold medallist and part of the Matrix Fitness pro cycling team. What is the team hoping to achieve this year?
It’s our first year, so it’s important to set realistic targets. We have a great group of girls who each bring something different to the team, and collectively it would be great to gain enough points to race in the new world tour series next year.

What’s next for you personally?
I’m doing a few of the tour series races with the girls. My short-term goals are to win the team pursuit at this year’s worlds, alongside the girls. I’d also like to try and retain my national title. Long-term I want to try and retain both my titles at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Do you believe elite sport can be used to inspire the general public to have a go?
I believe elite sport can inspire the general public, especially with the excitement and build-up of large sporting events.

The London 2012 Olympics was an opportunity to reach out to those who might not have given cycling a go, or even known much about it. For example, the Olympic velodrome now offers time on the track for beginners, school children and local clubs as well as elite athletes.

There’s a particular issue around inactivity among women, with a big drop-off among teenage girls especially. How can gyms help?
Health club operators need to address the barriers some girls face when they hit their teens. Is it time, money, other plans getting in the way? It’s really important to keep activities fun and social, while also emphasising the importance of being active for a healthy lifestyle. Clubs could offer taster sessions and discounts – including ‘bring a friend for free’, as girls might feel more comfortable exercising with friends.

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