Team Scotland came away as the second-best region at the 2021 School Games last weekend. Between Road and Track cycling events, the team won six medals, with one gold from Aberdeenshire’s Arabella Blackburn (Lathallan Pupil and Deeside Thistle Club rider) in the “Street Sprint” Event.
13-year-old Arabella Blackburn, is still buzzing from a successful weekend at the 2021 School Games that was hosted at Loughborough University over the weekend and brought together 1,300 of the best young athletes from across the UK to compete across 10 sports.
Arabella achieved two silver medals in the team Track Events which took place at Manchester Velodrome and in the ‘Street Sprint’ Event she claimed Scotland’s first cycling gold of the games.
After recently securing the British U14s Championship title, Arabella entered the 60km U16s Road Race and finished a creditable fifth. She was the youngest rider at the event and up against over 40 top British riders who were selected to represent their regions in the Girls Road Race field.
When asked about the experience, Arabella said:
“I enjoyed every minute of it and I felt honoured to be selected to represent Scotland. The experience of riding with the Scotland team, staying in student halls, watching other sports and traveling to different sites for the races, has been fantastic”.
“We’ve been following Arabella’s success and after a year of lockdown training and no competitive events, she’s done incredibly well this season. She’s really making her mark in the cycling world and our entire school community is cheering her on!”
Our school values at Lathallan are Confidence, Opportunity, Respect, Endeavour and Modesty and Arabella has embodied all of these in her approach to school and her sport. We’re very proud of all she has achieved.”Mr Toley – Headmaster
Arabella now has her sights set on her final road race of the season where she hopes to win the overall British Series.