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RAUBENHEIMER Byron
Sport Para-Cycling, Para snowboard
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthEast London, SAF
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
C4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Chef
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para cycling track in January 2014 after switching from Para snowboarding.
Why this sport?
"When I quit snowboarding I was missing something, missing a focus which I needed. I've always liked cycling and I used to be a mountain biker, so cycling was an easy option for me. I love the purity of track cycling."
Name of coach
Stuart MacDonald
General Interest
Nicknames
Buzz (Twitter profile, 08 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your will to win just needs to override your will to sit on the couch and relax." (Facebook page, 21 Jul 2016)
Other sports
He has represented New Zealand in Para snowboarding. (paralympics.org.nz, 10 May 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stuff.co.nz, 06 Dec 2014)
Impairment
He was born without a fibula [thigh bone] in his right leg. At age 12 he had the limb amputated below the knee. (stuff.co.nz, 05 Dec 2014)
Other information
FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO NEW ZEALAND
Born in South Africa, he moved to New Zealand at age nine with his parents. (fhsupport.org, 11 Feb 2013; leeblazek.com, 28 May 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 C4 - 1000m Time Trial 1:11.126
16 2016 C4 - 4km Pursuit  
12 2016 C1-5 Team Sprint  
11 2016 C4 - Scratch Race  
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016 C4-5 - 1000m Time Trial 1:08.819
Qualification 2016 C4 - 4km Pursuit 5:08.570
WSF World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
9 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing