This year has been one to remember for Hamish Turnbull, but the Morpeth cyclist insists he isn’t about to slow down in 2016.
The 16-year-old has never been far away from the top step of the podium this year, winning sprint and time trial gold at the British Cycling National Junior and Youth Track Championships back in August.
But Turnbull wasn’t done there, and the following month he won the same titles at the School Games, although this time he did so with two Championship records.
However, the King Edward VI School pupil now has the taste for trophies, and he is in no mood to take it easy next season.
“I feel like I have had a really good season,” he said.
“I got two national jerseys this year and two national records – and with one of those records, I hit 41mph, which is faster than I do a lot of the time in the car.
“I also won two School Games medals and championship records. My target for the season was a sub-11 seconds 200, and I got 11.01 seconds, which was a bit disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed with the season after two national records.
“We are sort of finished for this year, but next year the season will start around March time, and I will have the senior national championships and the junior national championships.
“I am hoping I will also be picked for the Junior Europeans and worlds. There has been a rumour the worlds could be in London next year, which would be good.
“Next year, I am hoping for continued success and national titles. The national junior sprint title would be good because I have had youth ones in the past, and I also want to be selected for the junior Euros and worlds. That would be a really good year.”
Turnbull was speaking at the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport workshop at Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
More than 20 of the country’s brightest athletes attended on Tuesday to be offered education sessions on issues such as nutrition and interview techniques, as well as being given mentoring by former Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel and ex-England rugby union player David Flatman.
Tunrbull added: “The workshop was really helpful, and I have learned a number of skills, such as interview technique, which will help me.
“I also had a really interesting tour of the whole Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing venue, and it provided a great insight into just how much preparation goes into high-level sport. It was a really good day.
“The help of the mentors is really useful because a lot of them have been through it before, and having the experiences of people who have done it before is really helpful because hopefully I will be reaching that level in the future.”
Turnbull attended the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport workshop, mentored by brand ambassador Flatman and Sportsaid patron Bryan Steel. For more information, visit sportsaid.org.uk