World sil­ver to Ho­ran

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

A Pa­parangi cy­clist from the Port Ni­chol­son Poneke Cy­cling Club has won an­other sil­ver medal at a world event.

Para­cy­clist Kate Ho­ran won her medal in the women’s C4 500 me­tres time trial at the 2015 para­cy­cling track world cham­pi­onships in the Nether­lands on March 27.

Ho­ran has been cy­cling com­pet­i­tively for just over two years. Pre­vi­ously she was a cham­pion run­ner.

When she was 5 her left leg was am­pu­tated be­cause she was miss­ing a lower leg bone.

She took up cy­cling af­ter sev­eral in­jury nig­gles sus­tained dur­ing her run­ning ca­reer.

In the world champs, Ho­ran clocked a per­sonal best of 39.2 sec­onds, a sec­ond ahead of third place.

‘‘You are al­ways striv­ing for gold – you al­ways want to win,’’ she said. ‘‘But I went faster than ever be­fore. I’m happy with that.’’

Her most no­table per­for­mance was her sil­ver medal at the 2008 Bei­jing Par­a­lympics.

Her coach, Jono Hail­stone, said Ho­ran’s ride in the Nether­lands was a good phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal per­for­mance.

‘‘Pleas­ingly, she has closed the gap to the gold medal since last year’s world cham­pi­onships, which is promis­ing 18 months out from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Par­a­lympics.’’

Ho­ran said her coach set her up for the per­fect race. ‘‘Be­fore the race he said, ‘just keep push­ing ev­ery sin­gle pedal stroke, re­gard­less of how the race is go­ing’.

‘‘We are re­ally happy with my per­for­mance and my time.’’

Ho­ran was also placed fourth in the women’s C4 3km pur­suit, again in a per­sonal best time.

‘‘No-one likes fourths, but I did a smooth race and they were quite ex­pe­ri­enced. I was the first knee am­putee across the line.’’

The gains have not been with­out pain. Af­ter a re­la­tion­ship re­cently broke up, she thought of quit­ting the sport. How­ever, she per­se­vered, fo­cus­ing on train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion to pull her through. ‘‘It’s the pain that gives me fuel for the fire. I had ev­ery rea­son to pull the pin.’’

Ho­ran holds the world record in the fly­ing 200m, which she set at the New Zealand track cham­pi­onships in Cam­bridge in March. She sliced two sec­onds off the pre­vi­ous mark.

Also in the Nether­lands, the tan­dem pair­ing of Emma Foy and Laura Fair­weather (sighted pi­lot) de­fended their world ti­tle in the Women’s B 3km pur­suit.

The cy­clists are all now fo­cus­ing on next year’s world champs, their big test be­fore the Rio de Janeiro Par­a­lympics.

Photo: TIM BUITEN­HUIS

Kate Ho­ran con­cen­trates on the start line be­fore her world cham­pi­onship ride.

Chil­dren en­joyed their first week of the school hol­i­days, none more so than the 30 young­sters from Porirua Whanau Cen­tre who vis­ited Can­nons Creek Pool on Fri­day. Daniel Whit­field spot­ted Kait­lyn Livingston, 9, Ge­or­gia Alo­sio, 8, Christina Lau­pepe, 6, and Micheala Nickel, 10, back, hav­ing a great time. Pool manager Philip Wag­gott said that it was great to see so many peo­ple hav­ing fun.

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