National honour for Megan (16)

Megan Kendall shows off her latest awards. Photo by Tim Wilson
Megan Kendall shows off her latest awards. Photo by Tim Wilson
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At the age of just 16, Megan Kendall has already achieved so much.

The Spalding Cycling Club member has swapped the bike for a career path through coaching, mentoring, event organisation and volunteering.

Megan Kendall has swapped the bike for coaching and volunteering. Photo by Tim Bryett

Megan Kendall has swapped the bike for coaching and volunteering. Photo by Tim Bryett

Megan was honoured for her efforts in the British Cycling Young Achievers Programme by collecting an award at the Go Ride Conference in Coventry.

She was one of four youngsters from the region to be invited to work at the World Track Championships at the Olympic Velodrome.

Megan, of Spalding, said: “The Young Achievers Programme gives recognition for those aged 14 to 18 for volunteering within the club.

“I have helped out at Go Ride sessions and other club events.

Megan Kendall

Megan Kendall

“I don’t ride now because of an injury but I started out on Go Ride when I was seven.

“I only stopped riding last year when volunteering took over.

“For the platinum award you have to do 72 hours but I just kept going and now I’ve gone over 100.

“I had worked through the bronze, silver and gold awards over a set number of hours.

“Now I’ve applied for the British Cycling national youth forum which only has 12 regional representatives who meet four times a year to promote the development of young people in coaching, riding and volunteering.

“I’m hoping to do coaching courses as well because I love it.

“Being one of the first-ever under-18s to volunteer at the World Track Championships was a fantastic opportunity and a brilliant experience. We had ‘access all areas’.

“I’ve also been to the National Talent Camp which covers a range of sports.

“Each national body puts forward volunteers to go to Loughborough and I went in 2014/15 to represent British Cycling.

“It was a good opportunity to make a name for myself within the group.

“I want to become a coach so the next step is getting onto the Level One course for over-16s.”

Megan’s parents Joanne and Paul also got involved in Spalding CC when she started in Go Ride sessions.

The Spalding High School student added: “A lot of club members and families feel they should help wherever they can.

“I have just taken that on to help out.”