Byron Raubenheimer #203
|Date of Birth||5 March 1991|
|Impairment (Disability)||Limb deficiency|
Byron has always had a love of sport and has competed in a diverse range including mountain biking and snowboarding. The highlight of his sporting career to date is a third placing in Holland in 2012 at the Para Snowboard World Cup.
He become involved in Para cycling in 2014 when he was invited to a Talent Identification Camp in New Plymouth. When Byron was first looking to source a racing bike there were a few challenges. The bike has to sourced from South Africa and was the biggest production bike made at the time due to Byron’s height.
Byron’s make his international Para cycling debut in 2015 at the UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships, which saw him place in the top 10.
Byron continues to be excited about what the future holds and was thrilled to make his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond. Across his two track events he achieved two top 10 placings including a close 4th. Byron was part of the New Zealand Paralympic Team that won a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).
His interests outside of Para cycling include rock climbing, fitness and music.
Byron officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Hamilton in June 2019.
In 2020, Byron has announced his retirement from Para cycling.
|2016||Rio Paralympics Games||10th - Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit C4|
11th - Men's 1000m Time Trial C4-5