Paralympian in £8,000 bid for Rio glory
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“By the time the Games started, the equipment I used was already out of date and since then it has continued to decline.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
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