Name: Emma Baird
Primary Club: City of Edinburgh Racing Club
I started cycling at the end of 2009 after being tested as part of the “gold4glasgow”programme. Previously I had been a 100/200m runner and played football for Hibs Girls. I found out about the cross over programme whilst studying sport studies at Stirling University. After a reoccurring shin injury cycling gave me renewed motivation and measuring the highest power output on the day – I was later told; I had the raw materials for sprint cycling. With the transfer complete I became Scottish champion in 2010 and alongside my team mate took Bronze in the team sprint at the British championships. I retained the Scottish title this year in the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome breaking the Scottish record. My attention lies now on qualifying for 2014 commonwealth games.
Career Highlights to date
Scottish 500m TT champion
Scottish kierin – bronze
Holland sprint omninum – 2nd
Scottish kierin champion
British championships – 4th kierin
Scottish champion 2010 – womens 500m TT
British Bronze medallist – team sprint
Who inspires you and why
With-in cycling Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton! Outwith cycling - My dad who has supported me from a very young age during my sporting pursuits.
How do you celebrate/relax after a big event
I normally have a treat like cake or chocolate or end of season - celebrate with my close friends and family.