At just age 23, Mark Stewart has already won an international gold and bronze as he represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.
Mark was born and raised in Dundee and started cycling at Caird Park with the Discovery junior cycling club, as a youth C cyclist. Mark credits the club as a “great club which has helped develop and give many kids a taste for track cycling.”
Despite having a passion for cycling, Mark originally competed in swimming and triathlon competitions and he has been doing that ever since he was seven years of age.
After finishing second to last in the British Omnium Championships as a youth B cyclist championships, he made the decision to work his way up the cycling ladder from the bottom.
Ever since, he has had quite a good few achievements include winning gold and two bronze on the World Cup circuit in 2015 which was followed by a further success in 2016 and medals at both European senior and U23 Championships.
Mark was back at the European U23 Championships in 2017, winning gold in both Individual Pursuit and Omnium. He ended 2017 in style, winning two medals at the final round of the World Cup in Canada, and started 2018 in the same vein, winning his first World Championships medal with bronze in the Points Race.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Mark started cycling at the age of seven and competitively at 14. Mark’s brother Kevin represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and is currently the Academy Sprint Coach at British Cycling.
Competing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Glasgow back in 2014, Mark had not gained any medals however four years later, he won both a gold and a bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast earlier this year.
It is amazing to see Mark receiving accolades at such a young age in the sporting world and it is only going to go up for him as more sporting events come his way which will hopefully include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
But overall, everyone in Dundee is proud of him for what he has achieved so young and he is great role model for young cyclists who aspire to have a career in the sport.
Dundee’s Young People is a series of features showcasing and celebrating the talents of Dundee’s young people during the Year of Young People in 2018 launched by the Scottish Government. A project designed by Dundee Culture to let audiences know about the impact young people have in Dundee.