Paralympic champion Jody Cundy ready for London 2012 Games to begin

Jody Cundy  [Picture: Christina P. Kelkel]

Jody Cundy [Picture: Christina P. Kelkel]

C-Photo-K/Christina Kelkel

FIVE-TIME Paralympic champion Jody Cundy can’t wait for the 2012 Games to begin in London.

Ahead of the opening ceremony this evening (Wednesday), former University of Hertfordshire student Jody is more excited and focused than ever at the prospect of achieving his Paralympic dreams.

A gold medallist in the pool during his time as a member of Hatfield Swimming Club, Jody is now one of ParalympicsGB’s top track cyclists.

His first event will be the 1km time trial on Friday and Jody, a former fitness instructor at the Furzefield Centre in Potter Bar, is eager to jump on the London Velodrome boards.

“I’m in great form at the moment and I can’t wait to get out there and race in front of a home crowd,” said Jody.

“The support has been incredible so far and I think London 2012 will provide an opportunity for the public to really appreciate Paralympic sport, as we train just as hard and put just as much effort in as the Olympic team.

“It’s fantastic to see everyone really getting behind ParalympicsGB, it really means a lot.”

The London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony will begin this evening at 8.30pm, but the decision to attend is made by both the athletes and their coaches, depending upon their racing schedule.

Jody said: “Of course it would be great to attend, but I’ve only ever been to one opening ceremony before, which was in Atlanta, as it’s also important to prepare correctly for your competition and sometimes that means you miss out on things.

“That’s something we are used to as athletes.”

Following the C4/C5 1km time trial on Friday, Jody will also compete in the C4 4km pursuit qualification on Saturday morning, with the final scheduled for the later in the day.

Jody is also currently reserve rider for Sunday’s C1-5 mixed team sprint event.

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