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Stephen achieves right balance between sport and schooling

Stephen Dent and Heather Borland celebrate success in their Highers
Stephen Dent and Heather Borland celebrate success in their Highers

A Kinlochleven High School pupil and Olympic cycling hopeful has proved it is possible to succeed in his sport and his school exams.

Stephen Dent, who was an Olympic apprentice until he was 16, yesterday learned that he had achieved four A grades and a B grade in his Highers.

The 17-year-old is now a member of the Spokes Racing Team, a Scotland-based junior team.

He has competed in most rounds of the British Series and British Championships and recently won the Scottish Junior Criterium Championships.

Stephen, of Onich, said: “I was getting up early to go out and train on my bike for two to three hours a day, then the rest of my time was spent studying.

“So I was very pleased and very relieved when I got my results after the long wait.

“I felt the exams went well, but I didn’t quite imagine they went that well.”

His A grades were in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Geography and he achieved a B in English.

When he finishes school, Stephen is hoping to go to university to study a geography related subject, possibly geosciences.

Another pupil at Kinlochleven High School in Lochaber achieved similar success and is hoping to go on to work in animal conservation.

School captain Heather Borland, 17, of Ballachulish, gained A grades in Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry and a B in French.

Heather, who recently completed a science summer school at Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie, said: “I was very happy and very excited when I got my results – some of them were better than I thought they would be.”

Their head teacher Rebecca Machin said: “We are very proud of both of them.

“They are amazing young people and you know they are going to achieve huge things before they even do it.”

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