Mark Colbourne: Victory for a great role model

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Blog

Mark Colbourne: Victory for a great role model

It has been a good second day for GB Cyclists at the London 2012 Paralympics. Cyclists Shaun McKeownJon-Allan Butterworth, Darren Kenny, Aileen McGlynn and Mark Colbourne all winning gold, silver and bronxe medals for Great Britain between them.

42 year old Mark Colbourne of Tredegar, South Wales, won the silver medal on Thursday,  in the C1-2-3 time trial and on Friday, he claimed the gold medal in the C1 3km individual pursuit, finishing in 3min 53.97sec beating the previous record by more than seven seconds . Colbourne has been highly commended by many for his achievement, and he is being widely referred to as a ‘great role model’.

Mark Colbourne ‘Victory’

 In May of 2009, Colbourne was seriously injured when he was involved in a paragliding accident in Swansea. The accident, in which his paragliding wing fell to the ground and folded in front of him from around 40ft, left him with a broken back and lower leg paralysis from severe nerve damage in his spine. This meant he had to undergo five months of arduous physiotherapy in order for him to be able to learn how to walk again. Mark’s passion for sport helped him as he completed hours of rigorous training in 2011, just two years after his injury.

His courage and endurance is remarkable and he’s an inspiring ambassador for sport” Nick Smith Blaenau, Gwent MP.

His success is being welcomed by many, as the London Paralympics 2012 is Colbourne’s first Paralympic Games and he has already become the world champion in his sport. Truly an inspiration alongside the other cyclists who acquired medals for team GB;

In Paralympic cycling, visually impaired riders are paired with a pilot, who steers the tandem. Aileen McGlynn and her pilot Helen Scott, won silver in the women’s individual B 1km time trial. They came after Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton of Australian, who won, setting a new Paralympic record of 1min 8.919sec. In the men’s C3 individual pursuit, Shaun McKeown clinched the silver medal coming in second after Joseph Berenyi of the United States and GB’s Darren Kenny came in third in a world record time of 3:35.257.

We wish all athletes the best of luck in the other events the must now prepare for.

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