Salman is 18 years old and has a passion for road racing (cycling). He arrived in the UK two years ago on his own at age 16, after having to leave my own country because it wasn't safe to stay.
Having gained full refugee status he is now living and going to college in Leicester. Before leaving my own country, I raced my bike with some success, often gaining top ten places, my best result being 2nd in my region. Luckily, I have now been helped with the loan of a bike and have taken part in my first race in Milton Keynes, being placed 12th out of 40 entrants. I feel that, with the right training, I could be competitive in the UK cycle racing scene.
Salam said: " The Inspire award would make it possible for me to race. I have missed the opportunity to race since leaving my country and am so keen to be involved in cycling in my new country and make the best of my life. I think doing my sport will help me to get to know more English people with similar interests and it is my dream to be successful and race for a team in the future.
"By being able to compete in more events, I will have the opportunity to improve my level, hopefully gain some good results as a junior and be considered by cycle teams for a place as an U23 rider in 2019."
Simon Taylor, JHMT Inspire Awards Lead, said: 'We think Salman is a very courageous person and a great example to others . We very much hope the award will help him fulfil his potential on the UK cycle racing circuit
Final races for 2018
Posted: 12th Sep, 2018
Since my last blog I am pleased to say I achieved my best result of the season – 3rd in an Overst Road Race. I then raced at Mallory Park and had a crash – not the best way to end my season,... Read More »
Moving to the next level
Posted: 20th Aug, 2018
Since my last post, I have taken on more challenging races and could immediately feel the difference in level. I completed all but the last few miles of a 63 mile race in the East Midlands Road Race League... Read More »
Back to racing
Posted: 31st Jul, 2018
I have returned to racing for the second half of the 2018 season and was really pleased with my form in my first two races. I was caught up in a crash in the first race at Darley Moor so didn't get a result... Read More »
Sheffield Premier Meet
Posted: 22nd Apr, 2018
My birthday weekend was spent swimming in Sheffield all weekend, however it was a really good meet for me. The main aim was to get solid times to qualify for nationals in the summer, as i hadn't done in... Read More »
Stockholm Open Swimming Meet 5 to 8 April 2018
Posted: 13th Apr, 2018
I travelled to Sweden on Tuesday 3 April to compete in the Stockholm Open Meet.
I had really been looking forward to this meet but I was ill whilst I was there. Although I had entered five events I only... Read More »