British Cycling searching for female para-cyclists

British Cycling will hold talent assessment days in October to find the next crop of the nation’s top female para-cyclists. 24 Sep 2013
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Great Britain's Sarah Storey celebrates winning the women's individual road race C4-5 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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“With a commitment and drive to succeed at the highest level, a structured programme and a great team behind you, there really is no limit to what can be done and I’d advise all sporty women and girls out there to dream big. There is nothing to lose in applying to British Cycling and so, so much to be gained.”

British Cycling launched a talent identification drive on Tuesday (24 September) to find new female para-cyclists for the Rio 2016 and Toyko 2020 Paralympic Games.

The drive, aimed at filling the potential medal gaps that currently exist among the current female para-cycling squad, is being backed by Paralympic medallist Karen Darke.

British female athletes with a desire to be the world’s best are being invited to contact British Cycling, as talent assessment events will take place in October.

British Cycling is looking for women across all classifications – from those with a minor or major impairment to a limb, to those who are visually impaired or have spinal injuries. Amputees or women with cerebral palsy are also encouraged to get in touch.

London 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Karen Darke said: “There is no better feeling than being on a podium at a Paralympic Games and feeling an immense sense of pride and achievement at being crowned the world’s best.

“With a commitment and drive to succeed at the highest level, a structured programme and a great team behind you, there really is no limit to what can be done and I’d advise all sporty women and girls out there to dream big. There is nothing to lose in applying to British Cycling and so, so much to be gained.”

British Cycling’s Paralympic Talent and Development Manager Harriet Gordon said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for women and girls with an impairment to see if they’ve got what it takes to be part of a gold medal-winning programme for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

“We’re the best para-cycling nation in the world and I’d strongly recommend that sporty women get in touch. We’re especially keen to hear from women who competed in sport before an accident and might be ready to give it another shot. Similarly, friends or family members of women with potential are invited to get in touch to put them forward. In just three years’ time in Rio, it could just turn out to be the best decision they’ve ever made.”

The athletes must be at least 16 years old and be existing or eligible UK passport holders.

Athletes who meet the criteria and are interested should email [email protected] with their name, phone number, and a brief description of their impairment.

Those who fit the bill will be invited to a British Cycling talent assessment event.