Updated: Oct 27, 2022
For each question, choose the correct answer.
Cyclist Vicky Harmiston
Reporter Mark Lewis writes about Vicky Нarmiston, who has had a successful
career as a track cyclist - a cyclist who races on special race tracks.
When Vicky Harmiston was a child, her parents gave her and her brother Jamie
the freedom to decide what they did in their spare time. Vicky chose to do lots of
different sports. She was a good swimmer, and the coach at the swimming club
she went to thought she might be good enough to become a champion. But the
club was a long way from her home, so it was difficult for her to fit in the training
around her schoolwork. When they were teenagers, Jamie, who loved cycling,
bought himself a special track-racing bike and started taking part in competitions.
Vicky thought it looked very exciting and decided to try it for herself. She says that was the best decision she ever made. Soon, she was cycling every day and doing really well. The track was near her school, which meant it was no problem for her to attend training sessions after school every day.
Vicky went on to have a successful career in track cycling and won several competitions. Then, when she was 28, she retired from competitive cycling. Vicky told mе: "For years l'd loved winning competitions, but I began to get a bit tired of the whole thing, and when the excitement stops, there's no point. Luckily, l went on to havе a new career.'
Vicky got a job with a charity called CуcleZone. "We work with young people who
have never enjoyed sport,'she says. "The first thing we do is teach them to ride
a bike. We want them to learn to believe in themselves and their own abilities.
CуcleZone does a great job, and it gets young people together, so they're part of
a wider group.'
The charity uses celebrities to advertise the work they do. Vicky says, "I know
some people aren't sure whether the support of a celebrity is always positive for a charity. They say the celebrities are only doing it to push themselves forward, which prevents the public from seeing thе real work of the charity. But if famous singers and actors, for examplе, can help, l think they should.'
11. When Vicky first started cycling
A) she had a very good coach.
B) her parents gave her helpful advice.
C) she could get to a race track easily.
D) her brother gave her a great bike.
12. Why does Vicky say she stopped cycle racing?
A) She felt she was too old to do it.
B) She was becoming bored with it.
C) She had won everything she wanted.
D) She was preparing for a new career.
13. What does the charity CуcleZone do for young people?
A) It teaches them how to do track racing.
B) It supports those who havе talеnt.
C) It offers them the chance to try a variety of sports.
D) It helps them become more confident.
14. According to Vicky, some people believe that celebrities can
A) take attention away from what a charity does.
B) help people understand a charity's work.
C) make the public care less about a charity.
D) encourage more people to become involved with a charity.
15. What would Vicky say on her blog?
A) As a child, I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. But l never expected to become so famous.
B) If you join CyсleZone, you'll get to meet celebrities and learn how they've become successful.
C) Although traсk-сyсling is not the only sport I've been good at, I've never regretted, my choice of career.
D) In my spare time, I love going to schools and helping groups of children learn to ride bikes.
11C 12B 13D 14A 15C