In the news - Trudi Sammons

22nd January 2010 at 00:00

Who do we have here?

Trudi Sammons, 45, has been the head of College Town Infant and Nursery School in Sandhurst for two years. She has just received an award as the national champion of the Women's Rudy Project Series, a series of time trial races all over Britain for cyclists. Last weekend she attended a ceremony in Nottingham where she sat among the winners in the front row.

Who did you rub shoulders with?

"Hannah Barnes, the 16-year-old young cyclist, was there as well as John Woodburn, who is 73 and has been national champion for 50 years. I love him. He's brilliant; so grumpy, it's great. I love mixing with these people: those with medals and those with a great future ahead of them."

How about mixing cycling with school?

"I took my bike into Year 1 as they were learning about wheels. When you cycle you have cleats in your shoes to attach to the pedals. I showed them my shoes and they were really interested. I also use it to introduce them to goal-setting. I get up at 4.30 every morning. I train for an hour in my shed every morning and evening, and in May or June I go on the roads. There's nothing more exhilarating than cycling in the Chilterns first thing in the morning."

And your colleagues agree?

"They think I'm mad, which is a shame as it empowers my ability to do my job. It keeps me fresh. If you have something else to focus on, you enjoy life."

What's your next focus?

"Next year I want to come in the top 10 in the country. I haven't been placed higher than 14th. I'm looking into the World Masters Road Championships in Austria. You go off for a week, you can ride, race and time trial. It's possible as it's in the summer holidays."

Ever feel like riding off into the sunset?

"These competitions take me up and down the country at weekends so it makes me go away; it's like therapy. My races make me go and do something else. If you like something you make the time for it. I saw a poster once and I tell it to the children: 'Time flies, learn to be the pilot'. Anything is possible if you make time for it."

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