A COMMONWEALTH hopeful from Peebles has been drawn into the planning stages ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Games by being selected to assist designers creating an ‘iconic image’ for her sport.
Reigning Scottish Cyclocross and Junior MTB champion, Katy Winton from Manor Valley was part of the design process which created one of 17 pictograms, representing each Commonwealth discipline. Each sport will be represented by their unique ‘defining moment’ in the images designed to celebrate sport and aid wayfinding during the Games.
The ‘defining moment’ aims to represent that in a split second a gold medal can be won – in Katy’s case when a cyclist is involved in a sprint finish.
Glasgow 2014 has gone through an extensive consultation and approval process with some of Scotland’s leading athletes to ensure the technical accuracy of the pictograms. And the 17-year-old Borderer was only to happy to help out.
She told TheSouthern: “Glasgow 2014 has looked into finding the most exciting part of the sport which is the sprint finish and being first across the line. Although you may closely associate a sprint finish with the track event, it also applies to the other disciplines, so as a mountain bike athlete I’m really happy about that.
“I was honoured to be asked to give my opinion on my sport’s pictogram. Looking at them being produced, along with seeing the progress of the venues such as the Velodrome in the East End and the mountain bike track at Cathkin Braes, reminds you that the Games are only three years away, which is really exciting.”
Katy, who is sponsored by the Kinesis Morvelo Project, took top spot at the British Junior XC Championships in 2009 and 2010 and will represent Great Britain in the European and World Championships later this year.
However, one of her ultimate goals is to be included in the 2014 event.
“Being selected for the European and World Championships is a huge achievement and I am honoured to be part of that,” she said. “I will be looking for good results at both as this should help me get on to the British Cycling Academy. In the far future I want to go to the Commonwealth Games and stand on the podium for Scotland, that would really be a dream come true.”
While Katy has only been racing for five years she formed a true passion for the sport riding out as a youngster with her dad, David, and younger brother, Andrew.
She told us: “My dad’s enthusiasm for mountain biking was passed onto me and as I’ve grown older I’ve started to get a real buzz from racing and winning.”
Mum Lindy is also involved in the process.
“Dad helps me sort out my training and helps fix the bikes while mum provides the emotional support and has an excellent stain removing method for my muddy kit.
“My brother, well, he keeps me sane but also makes me go insane ... sometimes,” she added.
Katy and fellow Scots rider Bex Morgan have been making videos to keep their followers up to date with their progress. Check out the latest in ‘The Edge’ series at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl0w6IRsrFg