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Ryan Cross

Ryan Cross.

The 14-year-old kayaker, from Breaston and a student at Friesland Secondary School, is a member of the Holme Pierrepoint Canoe Club and has been selected for the regional England Talent Programme.

Ryan says: "As the competitive season has come to an end I need to reflect on what I have achieved and where I need to focus on during the winter in preparation for next year's season.

"My aim this year was to finish the season anywhere under 50th position in the K1 Division One, at the close I was 47th. I also started to compete competitively in the C1 discipline, where I was placed 43rd in Division Two at the start of the season and I ended up 12th.

"I have been part of a GB Canoeing Regional Talent programme and my aim was to work hard to improve my skills to secure a place on the Super Regional squad.

"As of November 2015, I received confirmation that I had secured that place in a highly competitive region so personally I know I have achieved everything I wanted to do this year and am looking forward to the next set of challenges that I will face.

"My normal training consists of four training sessions a week on the White Water Course at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham.

"There are also weekend camps that I attend these can be at HPP or at Lee Valley Olympic course in London. Gym work is also a key element of my training as core strength and stamina is essential to success in kayaking.

Next Year, my goals are to continue to improve my Division One position, so by the age of 16 I want to be in the Premier League and on the National Talent Squad. I want to be promoted next year to Division One in C1, too.

"My end goal is to paddle in the World Championships for Great Britain as well as continuing to enjoy the sport I love and learn new life skills during the process."