Laura Thompson, Para Cycling National Development Coordinator 

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Start date: 2009 as a pilot (coach since January 2017)

Education: Bachelor of Science-Massey University

Laura first became involved with PNZ in 2009 as a sighted pilot for Para cycling, riding in tandem with visually impaired Para athletes. As New Zealand Paralympian number 187, Laura competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning a total of 5 Paralympic medals and in between, 10 World Championship medals. After retiring in late 2016, Laura transitioned into a coaching role and is now sharing her knowledge and experience with other coaches and aspiring Para athletes and pilots as a development coordinator.

In her role as Para Cycling National Development Coordinator, Laura works to support the next generation of New Zealand Para cyclists. She assists them to prepare for, and ultimately progress into, the High Performance squad, and onto the Paralympic Games. She also works closely with PNZ Para Sport High Performance Athlete Development Manager to identify Para athletes with Paralympic potential, and with PNZ Community Development Manager to provide information for new riders who are wanting to become involved in Para cycling. Laura’s work particularly supports the ‘Medal Winning Performances’ pillar within the PNZ Strategic Plan – Towards 2020.