Paracyclist, Emma Foy, and teammate, Hannah van Kampen, won gold at the recent UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the Netherlands

Paracyclist wins gold again

by Jill Dickie

Former Dargaville resident, para-cyclist Emma Foy, has returned from the recent UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships with a fourth gold medal for the women’s B three-kilometre individual pursuit race.

Foy, who has a visual impairment, was paired with fellow Rio 2016 Paralympian Hannah van Kampen who acted as the sighted pilot. The team finished ahead of Belgium who won the silver medal and Great Britain the bronze.

They also won the world champion title for the fastest time recorded in the women’s B three-kilometre individual pursuit and brought home a bronze medal for the women’s B one-kilometre time trial.

Foy’s other three wins were when she was teamed with sighted pilot Laura Thompson in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the Rio Olympics. After Thompson retired, Foy opted to take time off and focus on a new challenge.

In 2017 she received a Prime Minister’s Athlete scholarship, which aims to retain talented athletes in their sports and also helps transition athletes into a career. She began studying for a career in law at Waikato University.

“Having a break was a really good choice for me and has allowed me to refocus and come back stronger in many ways.”

Now she is riding with a new pilot she said they are both learning to adapt to each other, in how they ride and how they conduct themselves, but happy with the progress they have made in a short time. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are the big goal now, and the cyclists balance their time training with study papers. “Even when we are away competing and training we have a bit of downtime, so it is good to have something to keep the mind occupied,” said Foy.