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Published on 23-Jun-2017

UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships team and new development squads announced

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is thrilled to announce the selection of the New Zealand Para Cycling Team to compete at the upcoming UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships. The team of three includes a mix of experience and youth. Rio 2016 Paralympians Stephen Hills and Fraser Sharp will be joined by new rising star Sarah Ellington.

Stephen Hills (New Plymouth) and Fraser Sharp (Tauranga) both made their Paralympic debuts in Rio placing 8th in their respective Para cycling road events. They will be looking to utilise the World Championships in South Africa from 31 August to 3 September to continue to build on these performances.

Para cyclist Sarah Ellington (Auckland) has only been involved with the sport for six months and will make her international debut in South Africa. She was inspired by the performances of the New Zealand Paralympians in Rio 2016 and attended a ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Day in October. She registered her interest in Para cycling and then attended her first Talent Identification Camp in January this year. In an incredibly short period of time she has proved she is ‘one to watch’ for the future with considerable potential. She recently competed in the National Road Championships producing results that would see her providing strong competition to the top 10 Para cyclists in the world.

Malcolm Humm (PNZ High Performance Director) said, “I am thrilled to see Rio 2016 Paralympians Stephen and Fraser selected to compete at the UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships. This event will provide them with the opportunity to bench mark themselves against the best in the world after some time out following the Rio 2016 Paralympics.” He continues, “It is great to welcome Sarah to the team, a Para cyclist who is very new to the sport. The race experience Sarah gains from this event will be invaluable as she starts her journey towards Tokyo 2020.”

While the team of three set their sights on South Africa, 15 further Para cyclists based throughout New Zealand received great news recently as they were selected as part of two new squads aptly named High Performance and Paralympic Potential squads.

Melissa Wilson (PNZ High Performance Para Sport Athlete Development Manager) said, “As a result of an extensive review of the Para Cycling Programme following Rio 2016 we are really excited about implementing a revised squad structure. We believe the Para cyclists we have named have the potential to deliver medals as we look towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond. The squads allow Para athletes and their coaches to understand where they are within the Para cycling development pathway and what competitions they should be targeting.”

Rio 2016 debutants and tandem cycling pairing of Amanda Cameron and Hannah van Kampen (sighted pilot) will bring their experience to the High Performance squad as they begin their campaign to Tokyo 2020. Cameron and van Kampen only came together less than one year before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and will look to build on their  incredible performances including 4th place in the Women’s Individual B Pursuit and 6th place in the Women’s B Kilo on the track.

Para cyclist Nick Blincoe (Auckland) has been competing in the sport for three years having originally started his Para sport journey in Para athletics. Blincoe will now look to build on this experience as he aims to rise through the ranks with his sights set on breaking into the High Performance squad.

19-year-old hand cyclist Jack Brown (New Plymouth) had his first taste of Para cycling at a Talent Identification Camp in January in his hometown of New Plymouth. Previously Brown had been involved in Wheelchair Basketball.

The squads will attend a number of training camps throughout the year where they will continue to receive top class coaching and support. They will then put the training and preparation to the test as they compete at the Southland Track Championships in December.

2017 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships – New Zealand Team

Name

Classification

Hometown

Cycling Club

Coach

Stephen Hills

T2

New Plymouth

Cycling New Plymouth

Stuart MacDonald

Fraser Sharp

C3

Tauranga

Tauranga Cycling

Rick Reid

Sarah Ellington

C2

Auckland

North Harbour Cycling

Laura Thompson

 

High Performance Programme

Name

Classification

Hometown

Cycling Club

Coach

Amanda Cameron

BVI

Wellington

Port Nicholson Poneke

Stuart MacDonald

Hannah Van Kampen

BVI Pilot

Hawkes Bay

Hawke's Bay Ramblers

Ivar Hopman

Stephen Hills

T2

New Plymouth

Cycling New Plymouth

Stuart MacDonald

Fraser Sharp

C3

Tauranga

Tauranga Cycling

Rick Reid

 

Paralympic Potential Programme

Name

Classification

Hometown

Cycling Club

Coach

Nick Blincoe

C4

Auckland

Auckland Central Cycling

Matt Archibald

Shane Blows

H4

Nelson

Tasman Wheelers

Stuart MacDonald

Sarah Ellington

C2

Auckland

North Harbour Cycling

Laura Thompson

Cameron Karwowski

BVI Pilot

Cambridge

Te Awamutu Sports

Katie Schofield

Eltje Malzbender

T2

Cambridge

Te Awamutu Sports

Michael Bland

Nicole Murray

C5

Cambridge

Te Awamutu Sports

Cath Cheatley

Nau Puriri

C2

Whangarei

Marsden Wheelers

Kerry Reyburn

Byron Raubenheimer

C4

Auckland

Auckland

Stuart MacDonald

Devon Rogers

C3

Cambridge

Te Awamutu Sports

Laura Thompson

Mitchell Wilson

BVI

Cambridge

Te Awamutu Sports

Katie Schofield

Jack Brown*

H3

New Plymouth

Cycling New Plymouth

Laura Thompson

Jack McSweeny*

C5

Tauranga

Te Awamutu Sports

Laura Thompson

Hannah Pascoe*

BVI

Invercargill

Cycling Southland

Laura Thompson


 * Selected as first year prospects with Paralympic potential still to be confirmed.

Further details on the PNZ Para cycling pathways and programmes can be found here.

 

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