In September 2016, Welsh student Megan Chard made a decision many 19-year-olds would shy away from, she started a new career – cycling.
The former Croesyceiliog School pupil’s ambition is to spend the majority of next season in Belgium and other countries on the continent, racing against top cyclists.
To help fundraise her ambition, Megan has joined forces with PledgeSports, a revolutionary crowdfunding and sponsorship platform dedicated to sport. You can visit her fundraiser page by clicking here.
Megan has been cycling competitively since 2012 having been inspired by the athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.
Megan has represented Wales at a national and international level but says that prior to last September, cycling had just been a hobby.
She said: “I decided that I wanted to do the sport as a career rather than a hobby and have spent so much time training, recovering, eating and sleeping right and have seen massive improvements throughout the winter (of 2016).
“I made a big step up this year into World Tour racing and it was a big reality check for me. It has inspired me to train so much harder.”
Megan is riding better than ever, and with her morale sky high coming into 2017 she is determined to reach her season’s goals.
Selection to represent Wales at next year’s Commonwealth Games are based on this year’s results, so Megan is depending on support from the public, as this year matters more to her than anything else.
How to support Megan Chard
If you would like to support Megan and help her fly the flag for Wales you can do so by clicking here to visit her fundraising page.
Megan Chard on social media
You can follow Megan on Twitter @MeganChard98
How PledgeSports works
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