World silver to Horan
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.
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.