Date: 01/03/2011

Local sports student Dominic Skidmore is right on track both educationally and through his sport.

Sports student, Dominic (17) currently studying at Dearne Valley College (DVC) is a BMX Racing Competitor.

Dominic from Kimberworth Park, Rotherham has competed in numerous events and has a number of forthcoming tournaments coming up in England and Europe.

Racing and training since the age of 13 his interest in the sport and his ability allowed him to compete in competitions. At the age of 15 he was selected to represent Great Britain (GB).

Dominic trains with and is coached by Kelvin Batey. Training 6 days a week for a total of 20 hours at the gym, a track in Kimberworth and the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Dominic trains around his study commitments.

Currently studying the Level 1 BTEC National in Sport and Leisure at the Wath based college Dominic puts the theory he learns, into practise. Units that Dominic has studied so far include; Risks and Hazards, Fitness Programming and Event Theory amongst others - all proving valuable to his physical training schedule.

Dominic Skidmore commented:

“My immediate aim is to continue my studies at DVC and then consider university at a later point, from a racing point of view I would love to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”.

Although too young to compete in the London 2012 Olympics, Dominic has been invited to train with the Great Britain (GB) Olympic Development Squad. Here he will get advice to develop his fitness and techniques and hopefully qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Dave Merris, DVC Sport and Physical Recreation Tutor commented:

“Studying a sports course will help Dominic with his training; he shows huge enthusiasm towards his studies as well as his racing commitments. We wish him all the best with all forthcoming competitions”.

Dominic is currently training and preparing for competing throughout the Summer. He is also currently looking for sponsorship to help pay for training expenses, travel and accommodation costs. Anyone interested in sponsoring Dominic is asked to contact Mrs Skidmore via email

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