Bajan cyclist off to SA

Jesse Kelly receives cheque from Sharron Alleyne-Elcock.

Teenaged Barbadian cyclist Jesse Kelly is heading to South Africa on a six-month training programme.

Kelly, an independent 18-year-old rider, is hoping to use the training stint among world-class riders to improve his skills and possibly qualify to represent Barbados at the next Olympics.

The highly promising cyclist, who is being assisted by United Insurance in getting to Johannesburg, will leave Barbados on January 16 to join world No. 6 Nolan Hoffman and other high performance riders at the Tasol Professional Club.

“It will be high altitude training and it will be tough …but I know I will become a better rider,” said Kelly, a former Lodge student.

Kelly has been riding competitively for the past two years and has been under the tutelage of former Barbados professional Barry Forde, who made the connections in South Africa.

Yesterday United Insurance handed over monetary assistance to the promising cyclist, who also recently impressed American coaches at a major meet in Pennsylvania, and marketing manager Sharron Alleyne-Elcock encouraged him to make good use of the exposure.

“We are happy to be able to assist Jesse in realising his dreams. At United we have a proud record of supporting a wide range of sports and sports-persons in Barbados and the other Caribbean markets we serve,” said Alleyne-Elcock. (BB)

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