Young cycling prodigy Nathan Hardy didn’t have to look far to fuel his dream of becoming a future Olympics and World Championships superstar. Counting two-time Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton as one of his neighbours, it didn’t take the 15-year-old long to take to two wheels and start to make waves on the cycling scene. The Welwyn Wheelers rider is now focused on making the most of his potential in a sport he says he loves.
Already making waves on the national canoeing scene, Brookmans Park’s Ben Clayton-Harris hopes he can force a change in the sport’s way of thinking by soaring to sprinting success. The 17-year-old first picked up a paddle following a visit from British Canoeing at his school, and having initially been turned away after a slalom test day at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for being too big, decided to try his hand at sprinting.