Olympic dream for Bay cyclist Samantha (14)

Samantha Verrill has been picked for the Olympic programme for cycling.
Samantha Verrill has been picked for the Olympic programme for cycling.

A Robin Hood’s cyclist could soon be following in the footsteps of Olympic gold medal winners Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott.

Fourteen-year-old Caedmon College student Samantha Verrill has been invited to join the British cycling Olympic development apprenticeship.

The idea is that Samantha and some other of thecountry’s most talented riders, will go away on camps and training sessions.

Everything is run by the same world-class coaches who worked with the likes of Wiggins and Laura Trott who both won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Samantha is the only girl from the north east chosen for the apprenticeship.

It is thought sessions will be held fortnightly at the Glasgow Velodrome, the venue for the recent Commonwealth Games cycling.

Samantha’s dad James said: “It’s a step on to the Olympic podium. You are just getting that little bit more inside knowledge all the time and working with the best coaches in the world, not just the country.

“Cycling has become a bit more rock star-ish, it’s just unbelievable.”

Cycling as a sport has been catapulted into the spotlight since the 2012 Olympics when Team GB’s Wiggins won gold in the same year he became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France.

He was later knighted.

Last November, Samantha was crowned the Scarborough and District Sports Council’s under 14s top junior sports girl.

The same week, she was selected for a prestigious track meet with a coaching session from one of the world’s most decorated Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy.

Any local businesses wishing to help Samantha with sponsorship, as she is in need of a new track bike, can contact her on (01947) 880771.