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Athlete in Focus - Aileen McGlynn OBE

Athlete in focus - Aileen McGlynn
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On her first ever visit to a velodrome, Scottish tandem cyclist Aileen McGlynn broke a world record

Now one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympians, Aileen has brought home medals from the past three Paralympic Games. At Beijing 2008 she won two Gold medals, and set yet another world record in the 1km Time Trial.

In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services to disability sport.

Away from the track, Aileen cites her greatest achievement as receiving her Honours degree from the University of Strathclyde.

Aileen chatted to us about her best sporting moments, what it feels like to be a role model and her excitement for Glasgow 2014.

What is your most memorable personal sporting moment?

Standing on the top step of the podium at the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, listening to the national anthem play. I had won my first ever Paralympic Gold medal.

You are credited with inspiring many Scots to take up cycling. How does this feel?

It feels amazing to think that I may have inspired others to take up cycling or encouraged them to follow their dreams. I love cycling. I want everyone to try it and hope that they get as much satisfaction from it as I do.

Clyde, Glasgow 2014's cheeky mascot, likes travelling. If you could take Clyde anywhere in the Commonwealth, where would it be and why?

I haven't been to New Zealand, but I would take Clyde there. It looks like a beautiful country – just like Scotland, but with better weather!

Which sport (apart from Cycling) would you most like to experience at Glasgow 2014 and why?

I realise this might seem strange coming from a visually impaired athlete, but I would like to experience Shooting!

What can those who have purchased Track Cycling tickets for Glasgow 2014 look forward to the most?

Track Cycling is an amazing sport to watch. The atmosphere in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be electric and mind blowing, and not the same as just watching it on the TV.

There are still exciting opportunities to experience world-class live sports action at Glasgow 2014. Buy tickets now

 

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