Would you’re Britain’s next Celebrity in the Tokyo Paralympics?


British Cycling has formally launched the hunt for a new Paralympic track celebrity.

weekly, several world champion and Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Thornhill announced her retirement from the game, aged 24, which left a gap at the group.

The Great Britain Cycling Team are currently on the search for a blind or visually impaired rider will compete in the Tokyo Paralympics year.

Britain’s brand new track hopeful is going to be twinned with tandem pilot Helen Scott, who’s scored Paralympic gold and several world titles.

Scott stated:”Sophie and I enjoyed a thriving venture spanning over six decades and winning eight world titles collectively in addition to the Paralympic gold medal, and we left such a powerful group. Sophie has made the choice to further her education that I totally respect and that I wish her all the very best.

“Here is the beginning of a brand new chapter in my profession, and I am still as motivated as ever to achieve that top step of the podium in Tokyo and outside. I would like to promote any blind or visually impaired females that will fit my drive and enthusiasm for athletic success to devote a program.”

Thornhill, from Poynton in Cheshire, announced on Wednesday (June 17) she would be leaving the game after 12 decades to concentrate on her research.

Partnered with pilots Helen Scott and Corrine Hall, Thornhill maintained 15 world names and gold in the Rio Paralympics at 2016.

Scott added:”Tandem racing is really a team effort and we’re so well-supported inside the Great Britain Cycling Team. We get the best training, monitor and fitness moment, access to nutritionists, physios and psychs, simply to provide a few examples of this service we get. However, what I like most is that I get to train along with a bunch of really great friends and mates every day, a few of whom are both Olympic and Paralympic champions, that can be hugely inspiring.

“I am really enthusiastic about tandem racing, and that I stay highly motivated to further my successes around the tandem, and also to further encourage the evolution of para-cycling. For me, the travel is by no way, and I am eager to find out what the future holds for me along with a brand new tandem partner.”

Thornhill’s passing from the British group comes a year from the postponed Tokyo Paralympics, which leaves open a place for a blind or visually impaired rider to join the group.

Jon Pett, Head of Para-cycling for the Great Britain Cycling Team stated:”We completely believe this, with 427 days to go until the Tokyo Paralympic Games, we’ve got sufficient time to come up with a new tandem stoker to deliver gold trophy victory, in addition to contributing to our group dream of topping the medal table at Tokyo, Paris and outside. Working together with our world-class group of service staff in our world class facilities together with the world’s greatest tandem pilot in Helen Scott, the offender will probably be in the very best spot to begin their elite racing career.

“It has been a privilege behind Helen and Sophie in controlling their game through time, and I am keen that we could continue this achievement both for the standing of our staff but also to play a part in furthering the growth of para-cycling.”

In case you are interested, email British Cycling’s para-cycling pathway supervisor John Lenton on johnlenton@britishcycling.org.uk.

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The team stated they are searching for a enthusiastic and motivated blind or visually impaired lady, but biking experience is not always required.Candidates need a British passport and be obsolete 18 by December 31, 2021.


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