Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE is a female British cyclist on the Great Britain Cycling team who competes on track and road. Joanna originally started cycling in 2003 not knowing the potential she had would lead on to something so special. She was then spotted by the British Cycling talent team who trained her from being a complete novice to the talent she is now.
Her greatest successes to date are the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at four editions of the World Championships, the gold medal in the same discipline at the 2012 London Olympics, and the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championship. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Joanna as she has suffered from Alopecia from a young age. She is an inspirational role model for many young females going through similar experiences.
"Joanna gave an engaging, inspirational and very well-pitched talk and we have received many complimentary comments about it from girls and parents. They thoroughly enjoyed hearing Joanna talk about her experience as an elite cyclist because she made this very relevant to their own lives. Joanna was also very generous with her time after the formal part of the day, speaking to large numbers of pupils and parents and happily allowing them to take photos with her. I was afraid she would never get to eat her lunch at one point! She was also great company over lunch when she eventually got to sit down. It was a complete pleasure to have her join us for this important day in our school life."– Elizabeth Thomas, Headmistress, Abbot's Hill School
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