One School Games alumna earned a medal in Rio was Wales’ Elinor Barker, who also had great success at the 2010 School Games, where she came away with gold. 

After her School Games win, Barker continued to develop into a great cyclist and is now part of a great British cycling legacy, which sees Great Britain having achieved the second highest tally of cycling medals at any Olympics only behind France.

Elinor Barker could easily have been an Olympic swimmer, as this was her main sport when she was younger, but the speed of the velodrome that was placed next to the pool in her hometown of Cardiff seemed more appealing at the age of 10. The rest, as they say, is history.

Barker’s success started at the age of 15, when she broke Nicole Cook’s British record for the under-16 pursuit. She then went on to win three medals at the 2012 Track Cycling World Championships and two world junior titles in the sprint events in 2013.

She also won three golds at the European Track Championships between 2013 and 2015.

Then 22, she was selected for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Elinor did not fail to impress, as she took home gold in the team pursuit to become part of British Cycling’s impressive history. Post-Olympics, Barker’s form earned her selection for her first Track Cycling World Cup in Cali where she won silver.

Barker has been awarded an MBE for her services to British cycling.

She exceeded all expectations at the World Track Championships in April 2017, where she won the first individual title of her career in the women’s 25km Points Race. She also went on to claim medals in the Madison and Scratch races.

Her success continued with win another gold medal in the Madison at the European Track Championships in September 2017, as well as silver in the Team Pursuit.

At the World Track Championships earlier this year, Barker stormed to a silver in the Team Pursuit, before suffering a serious crash in the Omnium which stopped her from competing in the Madison event.

At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year, Elinor won the points race gold, making her the first Welsh cyclist to win a Commonwealth title on the track since 1990!

Could the School Games alumna become one of Britain’s greatest cyclists of all time? Only time will tell.

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