Carrick-Anderson targeting Los Angeles Olympic glory

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Emily Carrick-Anderson is targeting Olympic glory in 2028.
Emily Carrick-Anderson is targeting Olympic glory in 2028.

By Jonny Bray

Peebles mountain biking sensation Emily Carrick-Anderson is targeting Olympic glory in Los Angeles after being hand-picked as a SportsAid, Next Generation athlete, fuelled by Aldi.

SportsAid supports over 1,000 young athletes each year by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs while also delivering personal development opportunities to many athletes through workshop sessions.

Aldi are now working in partnership with SportsAid to support 20 young athletes on their journey to becoming future Olympians and Paralympians – including Moore – and helping them to eat like a champion.

The 17-year-old has already finished first in the XCO Youth at the 2021 National Mountain Bike Championships but she dreams of one day fulfilling her Olympic dream.

"I think Paris, for me, might be a bit too soon to aim for, but obviously, I would love to go to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles after that," said Carrick-Anderson, speaking after filming a new TV advertising campaign for Aldi, who work with Team GB and ParalympicsGB on the Get Set to Eat Fresh programme, helping school children eat healthier and live an active lifestyle.

"Essentially, I'm just focussing on getting selected for World Cups, getting selected for the World Championships, and hopefully getting some good results.

"I want to be in top tens and then eventually podium and all that. I would love to be selected for the World Championships this year, but we will have to just wait and see.

"But then next year, the World Championships will be in Scotland, so I would love to be selected for that and hopefully get some good results.

"I feel like a home championship, or a home Games is always a big deal, especially in Scotland.

"It is so close to my home as well, so hopefully, it will be really good."

Each year, athletes are nominated to SportsAid by the national governing bodies of more than 60 sports based on set criteria.

The Aldi-supported athletes will be receiving a £2,000 award through SportsAid. Aldi will also support their 20 athletes with a £25 monthly voucher, to fuel them through training, competitions and to future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

And Carrick-Anderson highlighted her dad as one of the biggest inspirations behind her passion for the sport.

She said: "My dad was a professional downhill cyclist, so ever since I could remember, I have just been riding with him since I was two years old.

"And then I started racing at five, doing downhill races.

"I think it has always been pretty serious for me, but once I got into the youth categories at Under-16, that is when I was kind of like seeing my brother going to World Cups and stuff.

"I was like ', I can do that too'. That is when I started to think that I could make a career out of this."

Aldi is the Official Supermarket Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB and have partnered with Team GB since 2015, ParalympicsGB since 2022 and will be supporting them through to Paris 2024

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