Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Kenny Named in London 2012 Squad!
Dorset’s Darren Kenny has been named in the 18 strong Great Britain Squad for the London Paralympic games in September. Kenny has won 8 medals, 6 gold & 2 silver, across 2 games. Kenny, from Verwood will be riding the Individual Pursuit, team sprint and the 1km time trial. The squad also features Sarah & Barney Storey. Sarah won medals on both the road and track in Beijing and is a strong favourite to repeat her success in London. Also selected is Sarah’ husband Barney Storey. Originally from Corfe Mullen and still a member of Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, Barney rides as a Tandem Pilot for visually impaired stoker Neil Fachie. Great Britain topped the medal table in Beijing, winning 20 cycling medals and are still the leading nation on the track. Racing at the Olympic Park Velodrome takes place from 30 August-2 September followed by the road events at Brands Hatch from 5-8 September
Press Release (Kelkel)
Five times Paralympic gold medallists Jody Cundy and World Champion Mark Colbourne are amongst an 18-strong Para-Cycling team announced today by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) as competing at London 2012.
The team who will feature Paralympic multi gold medallists Sarah Storey, Darren Kenny and Aileen McGlynn and Beijing gold medallists David Stone and Rachel Morris is also bolstered by new talent including 2012 World Championships gold medallist Mark Colbourne and 2011 World Road and 2012 World Track Championships bronze medallist Shaun McKeown.
Speaking today, Jody said: "I feel honoured to be selected for my fifth Paralympics which ultimately is going to be the most important and special as it is on home soil. I can’t wait to defend my Paralympic titles and race in front of a partisan crowd as part of the strongest team that ParalympicsGB has ever sent to a Paralympic Games. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me along the way and I look forward to your continued support. Bring on London!"
Mark commented: “I feel hugely honoured and proud to be selected for my first Paralympic Games. It has been an incredible journey for me, from the hospital bed to now making the team, and I have a lot of people to thank for their support. Being selected feels amazing but I can’t wait to compete in front of a home crowd in London.”
The Para-Cycling team brought home 20 medals from Beijing to finish top of their sport’s medal table, and the sport has brought home multiple international medals from road and track since 2008, so Paralympic selectors are confident that the team will perform once again when they take to the boards at the Olympic Park is just over 60 days’ time.
Men: Jon-Allan Butterworth,
Mark Colborne, Jody Cundy, Neil Fachie (pilot: Barney Storey), Anthony Kap
pes (pilot: Craig MacLean), Darren Kenny, Shaun McKeown,
David Stone, Rik Waddon.
Women: Karen Darke, Aileen McGlynn (pilot: Helen Scott),
Rachel Morris, Sarah Storey, Lora Turnham (pilot: Fiona Duncan)