Sarah Storey

Saturday wasn't only my birthday but also Weaver Valley Cycling Club's annual presentation night. This year our guest speaker was multi-paralympic medalist Sarah Storey.

Sarah's story (excuse the dreadful pun) is quite remarkable. Starting out in 1992 as a Paralympic swimmer, she clocked up 5 golds, 8 silvers and 3 bronze before moving over to Paralympic cycling in 2005 and picking up 2 golds in Beijing (in the space of 3 years!).

Such is Sarah's talent that she is now hoping to represent Great Britain against fully able-bodied cyclists.

It would be a remarkable achievement. Her speech was uplifting, with funny digs at Australia and the USA. Sarah came across as being very grounded, she made many references to, and it was abundantly clear that she loves, her husband Barney who she met while competing. Barney is obviously a great support and it was interesting to hear how ex-Weaver Valley rider Paul West (now British Cycling coach) encouraged her to get into cycling.

I hope it works out for Sarah, I'm sure the numbers are there! I really enjoyed Eleanor Underhill's introduction to Sarah. Eleanor competed alongside Sarah in the Weaver Valley Ladies Race earlier on in the year, and she explained how Sarah sat on the front, ripped the field apart and while she was struggling to get up the cliff in the granny gear, Sarah was smashing it out in the big ring.

If you're interested in follow Sarah's progress you can on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mrssarahstorey , you can also follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/andywood86

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