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Fresh from her hat-trick at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer, cycling champion Kiera Byland is embarking on a BTEC Level 2 Sport course at Bolton College which has been tailored to accommodate her ongoing training commitments.
Kiera studied at Bolton College last year and completed a Traineeship which fitted around her training commitments. Now Kiera is keen to progress in College, her training schedule will fit around her college course as she progresses to Level 2.
One of Bolton College’s strategic priorities is ‘to deliver effective 16-18 study programmes that enable our learners to achieve their intended destination’, and the sports department has worked closely with Kiera and her parents to decide on an appropriate course of action.
Neil Scott, Curriculum Leader for Sports at Bolton College, said: “As a department we thought it was important to support Kiera in pursuing her personal goals of improving the profile of Disability Cycling both regionally and nationally, and also competing as an athlete herself. We were blown away by Kiera’s enthusiasm, her passion and the amount of initiatives and programmes she is currently involved in within the sport industry. We’ve been able to put together a programme of study for Kiera which will enable her to gain qualifications alongside her other commitments.”
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and built into Kiera’s bespoke study programme will be commitments associated with her success as a Special Olympics Champion. These commitments include giving external presentations to inspire others, and one of these will be at Bolton Sports Awards on 18th September, where last year Kiera won Disabled Young Person of the Year. Jacqui and Brian Byland, Kiera’s parents, have both said: “We are thrilled that Bolton College has offered a flexible approach in creating a bespoke sports course for Kiera; this will enable her to continue to inspire others through presentations and allow her to continue to train as an athlete.
The additional support that has been offered is vital in ensuring that a consistent approach is provided, with the workload being appropriately adapted if needed. We feel this will enable Kiera to achieve and be confident in doing so.” During her time competing in the Special Olympics World Games for Team GB in Los Angeles this summer, Kiera won Gold medals for the 10km time trial, the 10km road race and the 15km road race. Also as part of her course, which began at the start of September, Kiera plans to set up a cycling club in association with the Special Olympics.
Kiera, 17, said: “I’ve only just started the course but so far the students and staff are very kind and supportive. I have just been to see the Sports Hall which I think will be good for bonding with more students. I’ve also been in the Fitness Suite which has spinning bikes – these will help me with my training and speed – and the leg weights will help make my legs stronger (than they already are!). I can’t wait to use them. I like the atmosphere at Bolton College; it’s a nice place to go to. I do hope that I will be able to reach my potential and continue to train as an athlete.”