International Para-cycling Championships
Story posted June 22, from Kent County Council
Above: Rachel Morris (current World and Paralympic Champion), Catherine Cleall-Harding (UK Communications Executive, Eurotunnel) and Chris Hespe (Head of Kent Sport, Leisure & Olympics Service).
The Eurotunnel Kent International Para-cycling Championships were officially launched on Friday 18th June at the Cycle Kent 2010 event held at Shorne Woods Country Park in Kent. The event has been designed to foster greater partnership working and support for the drafting of a strategy for the development of cycling in Kent. The day also included a visit to Cyclopark, the new multi sport activity centre just south of Gravesend. Many, appropriately, made the trip by bicycle,(www.cyclopark.com).
After the visit, enthusiastic keynote speeches were given by Councillor David Brazier, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste (and a keen cyclist), Phillip Darnton, Chairman of Cycling England, Professor Yvonne Doyle, Strategic Health Authority and Malcolm Shepherd, CEO of Sustrans who all gave excellent presentations into the benefits of cycling.
Launching The Eurotunnel Kent International Para-cycling Championships, the first ever P1 status road race event in the UK, were Tony Yorke OBE, Former Chairperson of the IPC Cycling Committee and National Manager of the British Paralympic Cycling Team, which picked up 16 gold medals in Beijing, and Rachel Morris, Current World and Paralympic Champion. Rachel, wearing her GB Cycling Team kit, stayed around after the speeches and signed autographs for the local school children in attendance, before not resisting the opportunity to go for a quick ride around the park.
For more information on The Eurotunnel Kent International Para-cycling Championships please visit www.kentsport.org/paracycling