AboutIt is with great pleasure The Cotswold School announces The Sharon Laws Sportive in association with British Cycling and raising funds for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and The Cotswold School – new community Pavilion.
Born in 1974, Sharon Laws, a former pupil of The Cotswold School, was a British professional cyclist who only turned professional at the age of 33, having previously competed in adventure racing and endurance-mountain biking. She began riding on the road to train and it was at this time she was noticed and her ability confirmed. She quickly became part of the 2008 Summer Olympics cycling team in Beijing and also in 2008 she won the British National Time Trial Championships.
Other accreditations included:
• Winning the Women's 2012 Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge
• Winning the 2012 British National Road Race Championships
• Part of the Podium Ambition Pro Cycling's squad for the 2016 season
• Part of the ITV4 commentary team for the channel's coverage of the 2017 Women's Tour
• Holding a MSc in Conservation and working as an environmental consultant to organisations including the British Government, the United Nations and for mining company Rio Tinto in Australia
In late 2016, Sharon was diagnosed with cervical cancer and from there underwent a year-long battle with the disease. She died on 16th December 2017.
In the run up to the Tour of Britain that ran through Bourton-on-the-Water last September, Sharon kindly took time out from her treatment to inspire students at The Cotswold School with talks about a life in the professional cycling world.
Will Morgan, Principal comments, "Sharon was a lovely lady, a fantastic cyclist and good friend of the School. She even took the time out to speak to our children before heading to Cheltenham for radiotherapy a couple of hours later. Amazing support and dedication. We are delighted to be holding this event, in our 30th year, but we hope to hold as an annual event, as a long-lasting tribute to Sharon."
The Sharon Laws Sportive
When: Saturday 7th July 2018, (Sharon's birthday)
What: A 43 mile road cycle event to mark every year of her young life. A shorter loop for children and families and a longer route for those who want a bigger challenge is also available, please visit http://bit.ly/SharonLawsSportive to sign up.
Where: From The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, to the Rissingtons, Bledington, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Burford, Windrush, Sherborne and back into Bourton-on-the-Water
Why: To raise funds for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and for The Cotswold School – new community pavilion
How: For more details and to sign up, please go to http://bit.ly/SharonLawsSportive
The Cotswold School will celebrate 30 years in autumn 2018. The School has an Ofsted Outstanding reputation and is a highly popular, happy and successful 11-18 non selective comprehensive. To celebrate these 30 years we are aiming to build a new sports and events pavilion to not only benefit the children at the School, but also the whole community. Monies raised from this Sportive will be divided 50/50 between Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust - https://www.jostrust.org.uk - and The Cotswold School. The event has the full support of her Mother Joy Laws who is a Bourton-on-the-Water resident.
Mr Morgan concludes, "We really want to create something very special here. Please do save the date and do consider rising to the challenge to cycle 43 miles…to mark each year of Sharon's short life. Alternatively, we are also calling out for volunteers t
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