Shannon Buller, Year 1 Health, Physical Activity and Sport student, has accomplished many things in her cycling career to date but hope that her Olympic dreams might become a reality.
Shannon, from Banbridge, began racing mountain bikes at the age of seven. Since then she has trekked up and down the UK and Ireland racing on the weekends for her club Banbridge Cycling Club, collecting multiple Irish National Points Series league and Championships titles along the way. In 2012 she made her first appearance representing Ulster at the UK School Games in London on the Olympic velodrome. In 2012 and 2013 she competed in the Interregional Mountain Bike Championships in Essex on the Olympic Mountain Bike course and 2013 saw her take her best result from this competition - 4th in the three –day ‘dirt crit’ event and 12th out of 68 overall.
Her best opportunity to date was also in 2013 when she got the call up to represent Ireland at the European Youth MTB XC Championships in Austria along with club mates James Curry and her brother, John Buller. This was one of her best experiences, but also the toughest with climbing in races reaching the height of Slieve Donard and temperatures of 30C.
After taking a year out from racing to concentrate on A Levels, Shannon now turns her thoughts to every athlete’s dream, the Olympics. Awaiting results from trials completed a couple of weeks ago, she hopes to get selection onto the Irish High performance team for track racing with hopes and dreams of Tokyo 2020.
But for now she is studying at Stranmillis, working towards her HPAS degree; she is enjoying the course and looking forward to what the future has in store.