World ranked paracyclist Liz is on track for Rio 2016

Paracyclist Liz Mc Ternan. Photo: David Travis.
Paracyclist Liz Mc Ternan. Photo: David Travis.

Grimoldby based paracyclist Liz McTernan, currently ranked fifth in the world, is continuing to close in on her 2016 Paralympic dream.

The 49-year-old from Grimoldby near Louth became paralysed from the waist down nine years ago in Falmouth following a scuba diving accident, which caused a spinal cord injury.

But for Liz, she did not give up and soon found that competing in women’s hand cycling competitions across the world was her new calling.

Her hard work and dedication is proving strong as she’s currently laying down the stepping stones in world-wide competition that will hopefully pave her way to compete in the Rio Paralympics 2016.

Liz said: “I am competing in the Czech Republic this week in a European Handcycling Federation race which is part of a European circuit of 12 races in six different countries purely for hand cyclists. Currently I am ranked second in Europe which is fantastic and I’m hoping all of this hard work will help me on my way to Rio in 2016.”

Liz is also keen to use local resources in order to get her training up to the high standards she needs.

Liz added: “I am lucky to have received free membership at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth and have also been using InShape Gym in Manby with my personal trainer Steve Winter. Also I am getting help from the University of Lincoln who are giving me Sports Science support.”

To help Liz fund her way to her next major competition, the UCI-Union Cycliste Internationale World Cup in July in Spain, she is hosting a Fundraising Dinner at The Captain’s Table in Cleethorpes on Tuesday, July 8.

To book your place call 01472 602067.