Ella Curtis

Ella Curtis is part of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019 list for her incredible achievements at the Special Olympics World Games.

Ella is 16 years old and in March 2019 she competed in the Special Olympics World Games with Great Britain’s cycling team.

Ella has Down’s Syndrome, has always been sporty and active. But wasn’t always as confident as she is today. 

Her family were really into cycling and when she was younger, she would ride along next to them on a scooter because she didn’t want to miss out but she lacked the confidence to ride with them.

Then a few years ago, she joined the Bradford Disability Cycling Club. 

Her cycling journey wasn’t without difficulty. The first time she tried to cycle on her own she fell off but she didn’t let it stop her.

She persevered, kept trying and kept getting better. 

Ella said in an interview with the Big Issue: “I used to be scared of cycling, especially going downhill, the bendy bits and going really fast or overtaking. Now, I do turbo or trike on the road every day. I’m not afraid anymore.

“My story seems to connect with other girls. The other day I shared a picture of myself in my new GB kit and I was surprised by how much love and kindness there was on social media for the photo. I think people were shocked that a teenage girl with Down’s Syndrome can represent her country through sport. I hope it makes young girls see that you can do anything if you believe in yourself.”

I hope it makes young girls see that you can do anything if you believe in yourself

Ella Curtis

Ella was nominated by her father Tim who said: “Ella is the first Yorkshire cyclist ever to complete in the Special Olympics world games in it’s 50 year history. She brought home a bronze medal on her trike for 500m Modified Cycle time trial"

What is 100 Women in Cycling?

Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling is an annual list celebrating inspirational women who are encouraging others to cycle.