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Bliadhna Kerry / Kerry’s Year

BBC ALBA – Monday 28 July at 9.00pm

Bliadhna Kerry

BBC ALBA - Diluain 28 Iuchar aig 9.00f

Kerry MacPhee competing at the Kompressor Cup MTB UCI Houffalize, Belgium 2013 (copyright Danny Zelck)

BBC ALBA DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS THE MOUNTAIN BIKER KERRY MACPHEE THROUGH THE MUD, SWEAT & TEARS IN THE LEAD UP TO THE 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Kerry MacPhee is one of Gaeldom’s great sporting success stories – the girl from South Uist who turned her passion and natural ability for sport into her profession by becoming a full time athlete. As a triathlete, Kerry had to master three different disciplines and in doing so, has experienced the ups and downs of life as an elite athlete but throughout has had one goal in sight – to compete for her country.

The hour-long documentary on BBC ALBA follows Kerry’s gruelling schedule in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games as she strains every sinew to race for Scotland.

However, rather than trying to gain a place in the Scottish Triathlon squad, Kerry decided to focus on her strongest discipline and try to qualify for the Scottish Mountain Biking squad. Over the past year she has competed in numerous mountain biking competitions and her rankings have risen to 7th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland.

This inspirational documentary follows Kerry as she competes in as many events as her limited budget will allow – her aim being to meet the exacting criteria that’s required to put her in contention for a place on Team Scotland. The pressure was on and she had to make her mark at the big European competitions to get noticed – no mean feat. However Kerry boosted her position by gaining third place on the podium in the Kompressor Cup MTB UCI at Houffalize, Belgium in 2013.

Kerry MacPhee competing at the Kompressor Cup MTB UCI Houffalize, Belgium 2013 (copyright Danny Zelck)

Only a little over a year ago Kerry competed in her first race as an elite mountain biker after making the switch from triathlon. and viewers gain an insight into Kerry’s determination as she competes in the British series at Hadleigh in Essex. After gaining some strong results, she was offered a place with the Scottish Cycling Performance Programme – a real turning point in her bid to win a place at the Games.

The programme follows Kerry over the next year as she trains and competes across Europe - cycling up El Teide in Tenerife, competing against Olympians in Switzerland, and coping with disappointment in the Czech Republic. The programme captures all her successes and failures throughout the year.

Prior to being accepted onto Scottish Cycling’s performance programme, Kerry had to work three jobs around an exhausting training schedule in order to earn enough money to pay for her travel and competition expenses.

Scottish Cycling arranged a tough training programme for Kerry that took her to Europe to train and compete between January and May this year before the announcement was finally made that Kerry would be representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Kerry MacPhee at the Commonwealth Games course, Cathkin Braes, Glasgow (copyright Caledonia TV)

The BBC ALBA documentary, ‘Bliadhna Kerry’ (Kerry’s Year), is a real ‘against all odds’ story depicting the difficulties faced by a truly committed athlete. Her rise from ‘new kid on the block’ to Commonwealth contender demonstrates the true tenacity and talent of a Scottish athlete determined to compete for her country.

‘Bliadhna Kerry’ has been produced by Caledonia TV and will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Monday 28th July at 9pm and repeated on Tuesday 29th July at 10pm.

BBC ALBA A’ LEANTAIL KERRY NIC A’ PHÌ AIR A' BAIDHSAGAIL-BEINNE TRO PHOLL, FALLAS AGUS DEÒIR GU GEAMAICHEAN A’ CHO-FHLAITHEIS 2014

Tha Kerry Nic a’ Phì aig cridhe sàr sgeulachd soirbheachais ann an spòrs – nighean à Uibhist a Deas a thug a miann agus a comas ann an spòrs gu ìre phroifeiseanta, agus i a-nis na lùth-chleasaiche làn-ùine. Ann am farpaisean triathlon, bha aig Kerry ri strì gus soirbheachadh ann an trì spòrsan eadar-dhealaichte. Dh’fhulaing Kerry na duilgheadasan a tha an cois beatha sàr-neach spòrs ach cha do chaill i a-riamh sealladh air a’ cheann-uidhe a bha fa-near dhi – a dùthaich a riochdachadh ann am farpais eadar-nàiseanta.

Tha "Bliadhna Kerry" air BBC ALBA a’ sealltainn saothair Kerry a’ deasachadh airson Geamaichean a’ Cho-fhlaitheis. Tha i a’ strì le a h-uile comas feuch am faigh i cothrom Alba a riochdachadh.

An àite feuchainn ri àite chosnadh ann an sgioba Triathlon na h-Alba, chuir Kerry roimhpe gun cumadh i ris an lùth-chleas as treasa aice, agus gum feuchadh i ri àite fhaotainn ann an sgioba Baidhsagail-beinne na h-Alba. Air a’ bhliadhna a chaidh seachad, ghabh i pàirt ann an iomadh farpais baidhsagail-beinne a’ ruighinn an 7mh inbhe ann am Breatainn, agus an treas inbhe ann an Alba.

Tha am prògram seo a’ leantail Kerry agus i a’ gabhail pàirt ann am farpaisean cho tric ’s a leigeas a cuid ionmhas leatha – a’ cur roimhpe gun ruigeadh i an àrd ìre comais a dh’fheumte airson a bhith air a taghadh airson Sgioba na h-Alba aig Geamaichean a’ Cho-fhlaitheis. Suidheachadh doirbh – agus dh’fheumadh i a bhith co-dhiù faisg air an toiseach sna farpaisean mòra Eòrpach ma bha an luchd-taghaidh a’ dol ga mothachadh. Ach chaidh cùisean leatha nuair a fhuair i an treas àite ann an Cupa Kompressor MTB, ann a Houffalize sa Bheilg ann an 2013.

Kerry MacPhee competing at the Kompressor Cup MTB UCI Houffalize, Belgium 2013 (copyright Danny Zelck)

Chan eil ach bliadhna bhon dh’fheuch Kerry airson a’ chiad uair air farpais airson sàr-chleasaichean baidhsagail-beinne, is i air a cùl a chur ris an triathlon; tuigidh sinn bho bhith ga coimhead san fharpais Bhreatannach ann an Hadleigh an Essex, cho daingeann ’s a tha a rùn gus buannachadh. Às dèidh ùine chaidh àite a thabhann dhi air Prògram Gnìomhaidh Scottish Cycling - tionndadh gealltanach na h-oidhirp gus àite a ghlèidheadh ann an Sgioba na h-Alba aig na Geamaichean.

Tha am prògram seo a’ leantail Kerry tron bhliadhna a' trèanadh agus aig farpaisean san Roinn-Eòrpa – a’ dìreadh bhruthaichean El Teide ann an Tenerife, a’ strì an aghaidh farpaisich Oilimpigeach san Eilbheis, a’ dèiligeadh le bristeadh-dùil ann am Poblachd nan Teacach - a’ sealltainn gach sonas agus gach bristeadh-cridhe na chois.

Mus d' fhuair i taic bho Scottish Cycling, b’ fheudar do Kherry trì obraichean fa-leth a bhith aice agus aig an aon àm bha i a’ trèanadh. Bha aice ri cosnadh na bheireadh gu farpaisean i, eadar cosgaisean-siubhail is bith-beò.

Chuir Scottish Cycling prògram trèanaidh cruaidh air dòigh dhi: a’ trèanadh san Roinn Eòrpa agus a’ feuchainn ann am farpaisean eadar am Faoilleach agus an Cèitean am bliadhna, mus cualas gum biodh i a’ riochdachadh Alba ann an Geamaichean a’ Cho-fhlaitheis 2014.

Kerry MacPhee at the Commonwealth Games course, Cathkin Braes, Glasgow (copyright Caledonia TV)

Anns a’ phrògram aithriseach “Bliadhna Kerry” air BBC ALBA chithear fìor sgeulachd lùth-chleasaiche a’ strì le iomadh chnap-starradh agus a’ dèanamh a’ chùis orra. Bho nighean òg air nach robh duine eòlach tha i a-nise na farpaiseach tàlantach a choilean a miann, a bhith a’ riochdachadh a dùthcha.

Chaidh “Bliadhna Kerry” a riochdachadh le Caledonia TV agus thèid a chraoladh air BBC ALBA Diluain 28 Iuchar aig 9f le ath-chraoladh Dimàirt 29 Iuchar aig 10f.


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