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LIVING

R

ebecca Kennedy is the

highest ranked senior

female in the UK and

has a brown belt in

judo, boxes twice a

week, cyclies when possible and does

yoga for flexibility. She currently studies

textile design at Heriot Watt University,

Galashiels and finds that cycling was

a way of distracting her from her

diabetes. Her father works in the Forestry

Commission, so she has had plenty of

space and time to develop new skills. By

the time she was 14 she was competing

in mini downhill races. Her grandmother

lives near Fort William which is where she

watched her first world cup. Then she

was hooked.

"Trying to compete at this level takes

a lot of commitment both in time and

resources", says father David Kennedy

who drives her to every corner of the UK

to compete throughout the year. Rebecca

adds, "The only way my dad can cope

with the stress of racing at these speeds

is by not watching me, not least because

if I fall I seem to do it right in front of him.

I am very focused and determined to

make a name for myself in this sport and

as racing veteran Chris Ball said, 'keep

doing what you are doing and you will get

there. Rachel Atherton took 10 years, to

get where she is today."

Girl power

There are very few women competing at

a high level in Downhill Mountain biking;

Rachel Atherton is one of Rebecca's

greatest inspirations. Tracey Moseley,

current Enduro World Champion,

comments, "Since retiring from Downhill

racing in 2011, I have continued to watch

out for the up and coming young riders

in the sport and Rebecca's name is one

that I have spotted at the top of the results

sheets for sometime now. She loves the

sport and is obviously determined to get

better and better. With such success in

British Women's Downhill it's important

that we try and maintain that history and

keep producing new talent."

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at

the age of six, she's now 20 and injects

four times a day and tests about as many

times. She describes her diabetes control

as 'very good', and has an enviable

HbA1c of 6.8%. While she knows about

carb counting, she finds it complicated to

keep calculating carb values so she tends

to go low carb. She says, "I'm careful

about what I eat, and have a lot of protein

and fruit and veg. When I'm training, as it's

so intense, I eat carbs before and after to

keep my energy up, but not snacky carbs,

it's more likely to be fruit or handfuls of

continued over

"I'm careful about what I eat, and have a lot of protein

and fruit and veg. When I'm training, as it's so intense, I

eat carbs before and after to keep my energy up, but not

snacky carbs, it's more likely to be fruit or handfuls of nuts

and raisins" -- Rebecca Kennedy

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