After the thrill of the opening ceremony last night, Jody is more excited and focussed than ever at the prospect of achieving his Paralympic dreams. Jody’s first event will be the 1km Time Trial on Friday and he’s eager to jump on the velodrome boards.
“I’m in great form at the moment and I can’t wait to get out there and race in front of a home crowd! The support has been incredible so far and I think London 2012 will provide an opportunity for the public to really appreciate Paralympic sport, as we train just as hard and put just as much effort in as the Olympic team. It’s fantastic to see everyone really getting behind ParalympicsGB, it really means a lot.”
The decision to attend the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony is made by both the athletes and their coaches depending upon their racing schedule. “Of course it would be great to attend, but I’ve not been to an opening ceremony since I have joined the cycling team, as it’s also important to prepare correctly for your competition and sometimes that means you miss out on things. That’s something we are used to as athletes.”
Jody’s Paralympic Games racing schedule is listed below:
31/08/12 – C4/C5 1km Time Trial Final
01/09/12 – C4 4km Pursuit Qualification in the morning and Final in the afternoon if qualified
(02/09/12 – C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint Qualification in the morning and Final in the afternoon if qualified. Please note that Jody is currently a reserve rider)