Coach ‘thrilled and hum­bled’ by spe­cialised schol­ar­ship from Par­a­lympics New Zealand

The Bay Chronicle - - MONEY - AN­NETTE LAMBLY

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.

If you’re in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with para-cy­cling in North­land, sign up at www.parafed­north­ Have you got an in­spir­ing story? Email jenny.ling@fair­fax­me­ or bayley.moor@fair­fax­me­

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