Jon-Allan joined the British Para-Cycling Development Programme via Battle Back, a joint scheme between Paralympics GB and the MOD which helps wounded service personnel return to an active life with the help of adventure training and sport.
Jody was born with a deformed right foot which was amputated at the age of three. He was then fitted with an artificial leg and hasn’t looked back since. At the age of five he had his first swimming lesson with his school and ended up being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a fully clothed parent! After that his parents enrolled him into the local swimming club where he learnt to swim.
Neil is a physics graduate who has never let his disability affect him greatly. It got him into international sport on the athletics track, opening up the opportunity to take up cycling at the top level.
Barney Storey is the most experienced sprint tandem pilot on the GB Para-Cycling Team with numerous World and Paralympic champion titles under his belt. Storey has been on the British team since 2001, where he achieved his first international para-cycling success at the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.
Anthony officially joined the squad in 2006 and has since won World and Paralympic titles. Perhaps his finest achievement came in 2008 when he won two gold medals at the Beijing Paralympic Games with Barney Storey as his pilot, just 10 days after a big crash which left him with a broken scapular.
Shaun has always been a dedicated cyclist and was particularly encouraged by his brother and dad. It was in 2004 that his club first contacted British Cycling to enquire about opportunities in Para-cycling.
Rik started cycling competitively at the age of 14 in local club time trials and had some successes in able-bodied races before switching to para-cycling in 2001 (aged 24) when he was selected to train with the GB Para-Cycling Team.
Karen started racing on the hand-bike in 2009 and was soon spotted by GB coaches and invited to join the GB Para-Cycling Team in December 2010. She has made impressive progress and won medals at major competitions in the following years.
Aileen started training with the GB Para-Cycling Team in 2002. She joined the team full time after receiving National Lottery funding in 2006. Aileen has had many successes in her cycling career. Her highlight to date was winning two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing and Aileen’s next goal is to defend her existing Kilo and Pursuit titles at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Helen first came to British Cycling as an U23 Sprint Academy rider in November 2008 and then went on to join the GB Para-Cycling Team in April 2010 where she is a tandem pilot working alongside visually impaired female riders known as ‘stokers’.
Rachel made her competitive debut in the sport in 2006 and her potential was soon spotted by British Cycling’s disability coaches who placed her on a full-time coaching programme with a brand new custom made hand-cycle in 2007.
Rachel cemented her arrival on the world scene with a double gold medal performance at her first-ever UCI Para-Cycling Championships in Bordeaux in 2007 in the road race and time trial becoming, the first ever British hand-cyclist to be crowned double World Champion. Based on that performance, her Paralympic debut came earlier than expected in 2008 and she claimed victory in the time trial in Beijing.
Sarah was already a successful athlete when she took up cycling in 2005. She was fast-tracked into Britain’s swimming team for the 1992 Paralympics at the age of 14 and brought home two golds, three silvers and a bronze from the Games. Over the next 12 years she won three more Paralympic swimming golds, five more silvers and two more bronzes.
Lora has always had a keen interest in sport and just 12 months after taking up competitive cycling took her first win at the Para-Cycling World Cup in Segovia, Spain in June 2010 with her tandem pilot Rebecca Rimmington in the Time Trial.
Fiona was introduced to Tandem Piloting in 2010 after meeting Para-Cyclist Tandem Sprinter, Neil Fachie. She started riding the tandem with Lora Turnham that year, and they won a silver medal at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships in 2011 after riding together for just 6 weeks.
Having displayed a keen interest in sport from a young age, Crystal was inspired watching Sarah Storey compete at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. In 2009, Crystal applied for UK Sport's and the BPA's Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential programme and in December 2010 Crystal was announced as one of three athletes in the 'talent' section of British Cycling's GB Para-Cycling Team for 2011.
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