Cundy hailed as 'Truly great sportsman' by Hatfield swimming coach
PUBLISHED: 15:26 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009
PARALYMPIC gold medallist and now MBE Jody Cundy has been hailed as a truly great sportsman by his former coach at Hatfield Swimming Club. Cundy had won three Paralympic swimming gold medals prior to this summer s Beijing Games, where he switched spor
PARALYMPIC gold medallist and now MBE Jody Cundy has been hailed as a "truly great sportsman" by his former coach at Hatfield Swimming Club.
Cundy had won three Paralympic swimming gold medals prior to this summer's Beijing Games, where he switched sports and competed in cycling. The former University of Hertfordshire student kept up his taste for finishing first.
He claimed yet another two gold medals and has since been recognised by the Queen for his services to disabled sport after competing at four successive Paralympic Games.
After Jody was named in the New Year's Honours list, his swimming coach Nick Juba said: "It's a great achievement for him and well deserved."
His former protégé's incredible ability to swap sports and go from being one of the best Paralympic swimmers in the world to one of the top cyclists is amazing.
Juba added: "To be at the top of your game in one sport and then do it at another sport, and probably do it even better, is the mark of a truly great sportsman.
"It is well deserved and good news for everybody."
Jody, who is an amputee below the knee and wears a modified false leg when in the saddle, is hoping to strike gold again when the 2012 London Games come around.