Disabled cyclist, Terry Byrne
Terry ‘Tel’ Byrne, is a 26-year-old para-cyclist from
Manchester with ambitions to get a medal at the World
Championships in 2010 and at the Paralympics 2012. Terry lost his
lower right leg in August 2008 when serving in Afghanistan with
the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, when he was hit by a
landmine explosion. Terry was identified through the Battle Back
programme, a joint initiative between Paralympics GB and UK Sport
targeted towards injured servicemen, and has relocated to
Manchester to train with the National Team.
He is a member of the British Cycling Development Team and in
recent competitions came second at the 2010 Disability Wales Grand
Prix (one of the main senior events in the Para Cycling calendar)
and a World record holder with Team GB in the Sprint event.
Terry received a grant of £750 in September 2010 towards his
performance cycling efforts. The funding has been provided via
Sports Aid, a JWCT partner organisation, which is helping the next
generation of young able-bodied and disabled British sportsmen and
women to succeed.
Terry said on receiving the funding, “the grant will enable
me to travel to more races increasing my prospects, I’ll also put
it towards equipment which will all trim valuable seconds off and
help me hit my full potential and goals.”