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Burgess Hill teenager selected for cycling forum
A teenage volunteer has been selected by the national governing body for cycling to be part of its national youth forum.
Josh Fanner, 16, of Burgess Hill, currently volunteers at Preston Park youth cycling club, which is part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme.
He is one of only 11 other young people across the country to be chosen, who will now focus on developing other opportunities for other young people to ride, race and volunteer.
British Cycling hopes the forum will play a key role in shaping the future of cycle sport.
John Mills, British Cycling director of coaching, education and development, said: “It was a very tough application process and we were overwhelmed by the strength of the candidates who put themselves forward for the role.
“Josh has already made a huge impact on cycling in his area through his role as a volunteer.
“We are now keen to give him the opportunity to be the voice of youth riders and help to shape the sport.”
Josh has already achieved a gold award as part of the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers programme – developed by British Cycling – for his continued commitment to volunteering at his cycling club.
Mr Mills added: “The Olympics in 2008 served as a springboard for the upsurge of interest in cycling in the UK. Opportunities to get involved increased over time and really took off last year with London 2012.
“Volunteering opportunities are there for those who are motivated to get involved and I’m keen to increase those opportunities for young volunteers in the future.”
Josh has already attended an introductory session on June 28 in Manchester, where plans for the forthcoming year were set out.
The national youth forum group will now meet four times a year with British Cycling HQ to discuss further ways to involve young people in the sport.
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