Mountain High

Monday 22 June 2015

Among the students on Shuttleworth College Outdoor Education courses have been some real champions.


At the Old Warden campus they can combine training or keeping fit for their chosen events, with studying for future careers in adventure and activity


Al Warrell of Berkhamsted, Herts is a downhill mountain biker who has competed at international levels and is hoping to take part in the World Cup events at Scotland, Austria and Italy this year. Find him as part of Team Aston Hill on FB.


When not cycling at break-neck speed, Al is a skier and ski instructor who has taken part in events at home and overseas with the encouragement of Shuttleworth College. At Easter he completed his Level 2 Skiing instructor course which was funded by a Scholarship from InterSki.


Now enjoying work experience in the UK with a mountain bike organisation, Al will be employed as a ski instructor for the 2015/16 season in the Alps in Italy.


Al completed his time at Shuttleworth College this Spring and has now moved out of the award-winning halls of residence.


He said: “I really enjoyed my time at Shuttleworth College and now I am looking forward to getting some work experience and starting work full-time.”

River Deep

Blake Allsop of St Neots, Cambs is an Olympic-hopeful who combined his three-day a week course at Shuttleworth College with regular training at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire.

He was part of the Junior GB Canoeing squad and hopes to be part of the senior team in the future as the new 2015/16 season get underway. His ultimate aim is compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In the meantime he is now undertaking work experience at the best place possible - the home 2012 Olympic slalom events centre at Lee Valley.

Blake is a member of the Viking Kayak Club of Bedfordshire and has been sponsored by St Neots Town Council.

He said: “The college location and timetable enabled me to keep up my training whilst studying for a professional qualification. I am now getting some useful work experience.”