Para Cycling Development Programme – Para Athlete Profile
Devon Briggs is a member of the Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Para Cycling Development Programme. Devon started cycling in 2014 when the velodrome in Cambridge first opened. A local bike shop owner sourced a bike for him and he said he has never looked back! Devon has played hockey in the past, and has also done some martial arts, but he found impact sports difficult. He quickly developed a love of cycling, and because it is non impact, it also helps increase the longevity of his feet.
Devon explains that he loves the freedom that cycling gives him and he enjoys the feeling of being at one with his bike. He loves that it gives him the ability to be just as good as everyone else. The aspect of cycling he enjoys the most is racing, he is very competitive and enjoys the feeling of crossing the line knowing you have given it your all.
He loves the culture and the comradery of the PNZ Para Cycling Development squad. He explains that it is great having everyone around the same age and getting along so well with each other, but still racing to win when it comes to competition time and having a good laugh along the way.
Devon is aiming to compete at UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships over the next few years, and then onto the Paralympics in Paris 2024, where his goal is to win gold in the 4km Individual Pursuit and gold in the 1km Time Trial.
At the Waikato Track Cycling Championships in December 2020, Devon posted an Individual Pursuit time which would have placed him 5th in his classification at 2020 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada, and a Top 6 Time Trial performance also. Devon is 13 days too young to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, but is motivated for Paris 2024.
PNZ is fundraising to provide equipment to the Para cycling Development Programme, in order to remove the cost barrier to participation and support Para cyclists like Devon on their journey. The new equipment will benefit current and future Para cyclists for years to come.
To kick start our fundraising goal, PNZ is working with BoostedSport on their new crowdfunding platform to raise our initial goal of $5,000 for a new Hand Cycle. BoostedSport is a brand-new crowdfunding platform for play, active recreation and sport communities in Aotearoa. We are excited to be one of the first group of pilot projects as they launch.
What is BoostedSport?
BoostedSport is the only crowdfunding platform for BoostedSport is made possible by the New Zealand Sports Foundation Charitable Trust and is supported by Sport New Zealand. As BoostedSport is run by a charitable trust, it entitles 33% tax credit to all donors who support our project.
How does it work?
PNZ has our own page where our community can donate their chosen amount.
If we don’t hit 100% of our target by the closing date, all funds received are returned to our donors, and there are no fees for the kind people who donated to our campaign.
If we are successful, then 90% of the funds raised go to para-cycling! To support BoostedSport’s work and platform, they receive 10% of the funds as a platform fee.