Coach ‘thrilled and humbled’ by specialised scholarship from Paralympics New Zealand
A Whangarei man being touted as a future paralympic coach wants to see para-cycling take off in Northland.
Kerry Reyburn has been offered a potential coach scholarship by Paralympics New Zealand after his efforts with Northland para-cyclist Nau Puriri have resulted in national medal hauls.
The offer came as something of a surprise to a thrilled but humbled Reyburn who sees it as a chance to build the sport of para- cycling in the north.
‘‘I want to use this coaching opportunity to get involved with Parafed and to work with some upcoming para-athletes.’’
Reyburn himself is passionate about cycling, and is aiming to start a para-cycling club with Parafed Northland.
He is hoping 2018 can be the year to see this happen.
‘‘When Melissa [from PNZ] told me what they were going to do for me I had a tear in my eyes,’’ Reyburn explained. ‘‘I don’t see all this potential they see.
‘‘It’s really humbling to just be given the opportunity, it’s something I would never have dreamed of a year or two ago but I’ve just got to make the most of it.’’
During the two year scholarship Reyburn will work alongside the national para-cycling high performance and development coaches, attending training camps, and formal mentoring with an experienced coach.
‘‘What the scholarship is going to do is widen my knowledge of the actual coaching of paracycling.
‘‘Part of it is working with para-athletes and understanding that area a bit better, but also cycling coaching in general. For me, this whole thing is a great opportunity to increase my knowledge.’’
Reyburn, who works as a draughtsman at HB Architecture, hopes to help Puriri improve on his placings at track nationals this season.
Finishing with two thirds and a second – along with being selected for the PNZ development team – there’s plenty more for Puriri to improve on, Reyburn says.
‘‘I want to get him going faster on the bike as well as fund raise for the World Championships campaign next year.’’
Sport Northland have been working with Reyburn building his coaching abilities also.
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