Trike rid­ers will be put to the test

Waikato News - - NEWS - Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son

Fel­low com­peti­tor Joseph has cere­bral palsy and says, “It feels good on my bike ‘cause it’s with Aaron and Achilles Waikato. It’s my first ever event. I’ve been train­ing ever since I got my bike. I’m look­ing for­ward to rid­ing.”

Coach Aaron said, “this will be Joseph’s first event as an ath­lete be­cause that’s ex­actly what he is. He’s do­ing the 5km and that’s his start­ing point for his ath­letic ca­reer. “With­out the Avan­tidrome com­mu­nity trikes pro­gramme this wouldn’t be pos­si­ble, we ac­tu­ally wouldn’t have trikes and rid­ers in the pro­gramme and with­out Achilles we wouldn’t have the abil­ity to ac­tu­ally go any­where.

“They have given us the op­por­tu­nity to ride with them in the marathons . . . and it’s a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity for our rid­ers who oth­er­wise wouldn’t have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally en­ter main­stream sports com­pe­ti­tions.”

Photo / Terry Su

Trike com­peti­tors Joseph Leet and Heather Brand train­ing at the Avan­tidrome in Cam­bridge for the Hamil­ton Half Marathon.

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