University undergraduate. Gymnastics coach. Athlete mentor and motivational speaker. The blank spaces in Kristian Thomas’s congested diary are few and far between but the talented 29-year-old wouldn’t have it any other way. After calling time on his gymnastics career in 2017, the popular captain of Great Britain’s Rio 2016 squad feared too much time on his hands. That the opposite is true is a source of genuine relief.
RBC Ride for the Kids has raised more than £60,000 for SportsAid as a team of 47 riders, all of mixed abilities, completed the two-day cycle from London to Bruges. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has been a partner of SportsAid since 2014 and provides financial support to 50 young talented athletes every year through the charity. The team covered 184 miles each, equating to 8,648 collectively, in support of the next generation.