Stockport Express

Cycle star’s jab boost in hunt for gold


A CYCLING hopeful has received his Covid vaccine ahead of the Paralympic­s this summer.

Fin Graham, an elite Paracyclis­t, who lives in Cheadle, got his jab at the site in Heald Green Village Hall.

Aged 21, Fin was born with two club feet, has no calf muscle in his right leg and limited movement in his ankles and three years ago he was diagnosed with Lupus, an auto-immune disease.

He trains with British Cycling at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and has already won two World

Cup Paracyclin­g gold medals.

After the Paralympic­s were cancelled last summer Fin is training hard to boost his hopes of landing a spot in the Great Britain team going to Tokyo this year.

“Getting the Covid vaccine at Heald Green was so quick and easy and it will make such a difference to our lives both personally and profession­ally,” said Fin, who moved to Cheadle from the Scottish Highlands in 2018.

“Many of the indoor track events have been cancelled again this year due to Covid. Next month I’m going to Belgium for an internatio­nal road competitio­n followed by the UCI Paracyclin­g Road World Cup.

“Everything counts towards Tokyo, so having the peace of mind of being vaccinated and staying healthy means everything to me.”

Dr Cath Briggs, Chair of Stockport Clinical Commission­ing Group, said: “It’s wonderful to hear what having the vaccinatio­n means to Fin.

“As an athlete with Lupus, the vaccinatio­n reduces his risk of being seriously ill if he gets Covid. We wish him the very best and hope he gets to the Paralympic­s this year.”

If you have any questions about your vaccine contact Stockport Clinical Commission­ing Group on 0161 426 9910 or email STOCCG.Pxenquirie­s@

 ??  ?? ●●Fin Graham, Great Britain Paracyclis­t and (inset) getting his coronaviru­s jab
●●Fin Graham, Great Britain Paracyclis­t and (inset) getting his coronaviru­s jab

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