Justin’s on course for sports success

A TALENTED sports coaching student from Matlock hopes it will be downhill all the way to his dream career after securing a coveted national scholarship with British Cycling.

Justin Knox, 36, is one of just two people to be accepted onto British Cycling’s Scholarship programme for 2011-12, after proving his commitment to a career in cycling coaching.

As a ‘coaching scholar’, Justin will get to follow British Cycling’s performance staff, who work with cyclists including the GB Olympic Cycling team.

Justin hopes the scholarship will support him in the final year of his study towards a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Development and Sports Coaching at the University of Derby Buxton, and into his dream career as a professional cycling coach.

“As a scholar, I’ll get to watch and learn from British Cycling’s best coaches,” said Justin. “I’m looking forward to learning the techniques they use to help cyclists reach their peak performances, and to putting what I have learned on my degree programme into action in a truly competitive environment.”

A keen mountain biker since the age of 11, it wasn’t until Justin was 34 that he decided to turn his favourite hobby and expertise into a career as a cycling coach.

To do this, he enrolled on a Sports Development and Sports Coaching degree programme at the University of Derby Buxton, and began coaching for Matlock Cycling Club in his spare time.

He continued: “The course gave me the knowledge and confidence to apply for this coveted scholarship and I’m delighted to be part of British Cycling.”