Kennett back in old stomping ground

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Waimate’s cycling star Dylan Kennett graced the stage of the Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Hall of Memories on Friday during the school’s morning assembly.

Kennett, who received a bronze medal as part of the men’s sprint team at his first Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, told the audience how he would train six days a week in the build-up to the competition.

The 19-year-old said with cycling, like any sport, you got out of it what you put into it and he valued the support he had from the WBHS when he had to take time off for his cycling while he was a student.

He was more focused on his sporting achievements than academia, however he learnt many life lessons during his time at the school, he said.

The cyclist said he thought he would be more nervous coming back to his old stomping ground and talking onstage in front of all the students, however he had done enough talking in front of people for it to be fine.

It did feel different standing on stage rather than being in the audience this time, Kennett said.

“It was pretty cool to be back in the Hall of Memories.”

He said he would be taking a bit of time off before starting his training again.

“Rio is my next massive target.”

He also hoped to get some alignment problems sorted, which may involve surgery, after a serious crash last year.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

BACK AT WBHS: Cyclist Dylan Kennett with Waitaki Boys’ High School rector Paul Jackson following the morning assembly.