Par­a­lympian in £8,000 bid for Rio glory

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

APA R A LYMP I C cy­clist has launched an on­line cam­paign to raise funds for a new pros­thetic leg to com­pete at Rio 2016.

Colin Lynch, from Macclesfield, is ap­peal­ing to donors so he can buy a cus­tom-made car­bon cy­cling leg ahead of next year’s Par­a­lympic Games in Brazil. The 44-year-old mem­ber of Macclesfield Wheel­ers cy­cling club has rep­re­sented Ire­land since 2010, win­ning two World Cham­pi­onships and nar­rowly miss­ing out on a medal at Lon­don 2012.

Colin ad­mit­ted that the leg is an ‘odd thing to be rais­ing money for’ but he be­lieves a new pros­thetic leg is pre­vent­ing him from cy­cling to his full po­ten­tial.

He said: “I went to the Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympic Games and I missed out on a medal by 1/10th of a sec­ond. I had hoped for a medal in sev­eral events but was al­ways just off the podium.

“By the time the Games started, the equip­ment I used was al­ready out of date and since then it has con­tin­ued to decline.

“The leg I cur­rently use for train­ing does not fit well and causes me a lot of pain, mak­ing train­ing dif- fi­cult. Since then the prob­lems have con­tin­ued, but with limited funds at my dis­posal I have had to in­vest in train­ing and bikes rather than a new cy­cling leg.

“But if I want to get to Rio 2016 and ac­tu­ally be com­pet­i­tive there, I need to in­vest in a new leg.”

Colin was born healthy in Macclesfield and moved to Canada when he was young.

His prob­lems started when he was 16 and broke his foot play­ing rugby. The cast put on his foot by doc­tors caused tis­sue dam­age and af­ter seven years of failed plas­tic surgery, doc- tors were forced to am­pu­tate the leg be­low the knee.

In­spired by the 2008 Bei­jing Par­a­lympics, Lynch de­cided to take up com­pet­i­tive cy­cling and be­cause his fa­ther is Ir­ish he was able to join the Ir­ish Para­cy­cling team. Now back living in Macclesfield, Colin is aim­ing to com­pete in his sec­ond Par­a­lympic Games.

Colin trains with the Wheel­ers as well as at the Manch­ester Velo­drome and aims to raise £8,000 for the leg.

If you would like to do­nate to the fundrais­ing cam­paign visit www.indiegogo.com and search for ‘Colin Lynch Rio’.

He said: “I would love the help and sup­port of any­one that wants to help me win.

“You get me the new leg – I will do the rest.”

●● Colin Lynch in train­ing (left) and rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land. He has launched an ap­peal to raise £8,000 for a new pros­thetic leg to boost his chances of win­ning a medal at the Rio Par­a­lympics

●● Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner John Dwyer, head of the Multi Force Shared Ser­vice Sarah Co­p­ley-Hirst and Chief Constable John Dwyer

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