Tom Bradshaw is not one for sitting still. While at University studying towards a physical education and finance degree, he has represented New Zealand on the world stage, being a member of the Under 19 and Under 23 mountain bike team, as well as competiting in the Elite Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.
Dunedin offers the perfect environment for balancing his study and training. He enjoys the campus lifestyle with friends, sporting facilities and town being just five minutes away and is appreciative of the amazing landscape that surrounds Dunedin which is so apt and convenient for training.
“My favourite place is Signal Hill. Only two minutes ride from Uni I can be completely removed and be riding my bike in beautiful bush on world class mountain bike tracks with an awesome view of Dunedin”.
His advice to students of Otago University is to find a balance between study, work, sport and socialising. “Escape the ‘studentville bubble’ now and again and explore the amazing sights of Dunedin and Otago that are so easily accessible. The Otago Peninsula is one of the most underrated natural landscapes in the South Island, from the albatross and seal colonies to the jaw dropping cliffs around the Chasm and Lover’s Leap. He adds that “it is important for people to have the confidence to make the most of every opportunity that is presented to them”.
As well as competing internationally Tom is actively involved in the community. Last year he worked as a volunteer, organising the New Zealand secondary school mountain biking championships as well as helping the Halberg Foundation with their adaptive snow sports programme.
Aware he has been given much assistance from people and organisations within the community, Tom is committed to giving something back. He is endeavouring to do this by coaching youth through mountain bike training programmes as well as offering advice to high school leavers particularly with regard to balancing sport and education.
As for the future he says “I want to have fun racing my mountain bike all over the world and represent New Zealand on the world stage”.
With Tom’s positive attitude and on-going commitment it seems unquestionable that this will be the case.