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'She's just an ordinary kid - but she's a fighter' - Laura Trott's former coach on why she's so successful

Young Welwyn Wheelers are put through their paces during training. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family friend and former coach of Britain's most successful female Olympian today said she had always been a winner - "even as a tiny little tot".

Cyclist Laura Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic golds over the weekend after her triumph in the team pursuit.

At her old club in Hertfordshire, the Welwyn Wheelers, a new generation of cyclists hoping to follow in her footsteps were being put through their paces by coach Francis Gallacher.

Mr Gallacher has known Trott since she was a child and first saw her climb onto a bike at the age of seven.

Even then she was competitive - and you saw that spark. As a coach, that's what you look for - that spark, that little bit of determination, that something different in them. She had it. She's always had it. She's a fighter.

She works extremely hard at what she does and I'm really, really proud of her.

– Francis Gallacher, Welwyn Wheelers.
Young Welwyn Wheelers are put through their paces during training. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Mr Gallacher said "guts and determination" had helped Trott become an unbeatable force in British cycling - something that had been on show in everything she did, even as a "tiny little tot" in the swimming pool when he first met her.

He believes it is her achievements in both London and Rio that are fuelling an increasing interest in cycling.

She's an inspiration. It's great to see more women and girls actually living their dreams and thinking 'I can achieve'.

– Francis Gallacher, Welwyn Wheelers.
Young Welwyn Wheelers are put through their paces during training. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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