I am currently double Junior World Road Race champion, winning both in 2011 and 2012.
Last year I won the National Championships on the road and Senior Criterium Championships and Individual Pursuit on the track. I also represented GB at the European Road Championships, which I won, and came home with two golds and silver at the European Track Championships.
This year I am an under 23 so I am racing with the elite women. I have just recently won my first professional race in China which was a very proud moment for me and my team, being so young and against the best road sprinters in the world.
I am an endurance athlete with a sprint which enables me to be competitive in the final few km of a bike race and I have used this skill to good effect to win races.
I have had international experience from the age of 12 where I found I was competitive and won stage races abroad several times and recently junior women's races in Europe. Throughout my short career I have been a multi-national champion.
I have been a part of the British Cycling Development Programme since the age of 14 and relish any opportunity to be a part of a team. I began my pathway as part of the British Cycling Talent team and I then progressed onto the British Cycling Olympic Development Programme and now I am still a part of the British Cycling Academy. As part of this squad I rode the European Track Championships and we currently hold the national record for the junior women's team pursuit highlighting my love of being a part of a successful team.
The big aim for me is to get to the Olympics which are not that far away, but by then I will have a good amount of experience in the women's peloton and hopefully the results to back up the experience. Along the way there are the World Championships and Commonwealth Games which is also a huge goal in my career.
I feel I cannot only help people understand and want to take up cycling but I am so passionate about sport in general that if a chance came up for me to help others get involved I would definitely jump at the opportunity. I have already been into several primary schools to tell them my story and also show them what you can achieve if you really put your mind to it. The feedback I had from teachers made me very proud as they said I gave children not only the belief but the confidence to strive for the best.
As I am on a Dutch team, I spend a lot of my time in Holland over the season so I do a lot of travelling around Europe and if the team can't take me I have to do that myself. A lot of my team mates have a job next to their cycling but being part of the Sky Scholarships really allows me to focus fully on cycling and become the best athlete I can be.
I see myself benefiting the Sky brand because a lot of people know cycling is becoming a big sport as GB have won a lot of medals and titles. It would be great for me to educate others into more detail and also it would help women's cycling massively if I could show/tell what it's all about.