Paralympian Cundy gears up for track Games debut

PUBLISHED: 12:46 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Photo: Richard Lane.
VISA Paralympic World Cup 2007. Track Cycling. 11/05/2007. 
Great Britain's Jody Cundy on his way to winning the 1KM Time Trial Final.

Photo: Richard Lane. VISA Paralympic World Cup 2007. Track Cycling. 11/05/2007. Great Britain's Jody Cundy on his way to winning the 1KM Time Trial Final.

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FORMER Hatfield swimmer Jody Cundy is gearing up for his fourth Paralympics. This time, however, the three-time Paralympic gold medal winner has swapped his swimming trunks for cycling shorts. Cundy is on track to ride for Team GB in Beijing. Following in

FORMER Hatfield swimmer Jody Cundy is gearing up for his fourth Paralympics.

This time, however, the three-time Paralympic gold medal winner has swapped his swimming trunks for cycling shorts.

Cundy is on track to ride for Team GB in Beijing.

Following in the tyre tracks of British rower turned cycling golden girl Rebecca Romero, Cundy is now trying to win a medal in a second sport.

"I have to say I'm really looking forward to going to the Paralympics as a cyclist," said the former University of Hertfordshire student.

Jody, who was trained at Hatfield Swimming Club by coach Nick Juba, had struck swimming gold in the S10 (physical impairment) 100m butterfly at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Four years later in Sydney he collected two more as he won the S10 100m fly and also a team gold.

At his third Paralympics he picked up a S10 100m fly bronze medal in Greece at the 2004 Athens Games.

He said about his fourth Paralympics: "It almost feels like it's my first Games again, but knowing I have three Games worth of experience to draw on it's a unique and exciting position to be in."

Cundy, who lived in Old Hatfield before moving to Swansea in Wales, added: "My preparations for the Games are going very well.

"I'll be putting the final touches to my training at our holding camp in Manchester."

The cycling squad will no doubt take inspiration from the outstanding performances of the GB Olympic cyclists out in Beijing.

That squad collected an incredible 14 medals in China, with eight of them being gold.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games open on Saturday, September 6 and close on September 17.

Track cycling events will take place at the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing from Sunday, September 7 to Wednesday, September 10.

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