From Olympian to community Leader
“I think I am good at mentoring younger riders. I really enjoy teaching people what I’ve learnt so far.” – Adrien Niyonshuti
In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Rwandan cyclist to compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured the hearts of Rwandans at home and abroad as a symbol of pride and hope for a new Rwanda. Immediately after the 2012 London Olympic Games Adrien felt that he wanted to offer the chance for young people in his country to experience the power of cycling, to install hope, and to pass on its positive values to future generations.
The Academy idea was born and the first location chosen was Adrien’s hometown of Rwamagana. Along with support from the Rwandan Cycling Federation, Team Rwanda and the Rising from Ashes Foundation, the academy was officially launched in the August 2013.