There is a new generation of Australian Para cyclists taking the world by storm, and among them is 22-year-old Paige Greco.
At the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, she set three world records in two days, and returned home with two gold medals in the women’s 500m time trial C3 and women’s 3km individual pursuit C3.
Her outstanding performance on Dutch soil makes it to No. 5 in the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC’s) Top 10 Moments of 2019.
"My first World Championships and I couldn’t be happier! Crowned World champion in the individual pursuit and the time trial, I could not have dreamed of anything more.”
Paige was as impressive on the road as she was on the track. At the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Road World Cups in Corridonia, Italy, and Ostend, Belgium, she won two gold medals in the women’s time trial and road race C3 and bronze in the women’s road race C3 respectively.
She followed that up with another title in the women’s time trial C3 at the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, cementing her superstar status.
“I’m feeling great, I didn’t know I’d won until a little after I had finished; I was very happy,” said Greco. “I can’t believe I’ve done it on the road and track; definitely learnt a lot and I think it’s given me the motivation to keep training hard to head into next year.”
Even more unbelievably, at this stage in the last Paralympic cycle, Paige was on track to represent Australia in Para athletics at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Fast-forward four years, and the switch to Para cycling has proven to be a master stroke.
Paige, who is now training under Loz Shaw, is on the verge of making her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and achieving her dream of winning a Paralympic medal.