New Zealand’s Para-cycling team is looking forward to heading to South Africa to take part in the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. We catch up with two team members Stephen Hills (T2) and Fraser Sharp (C3) about their preparations ahead of the event which takes place in Pietermaritzburg from 31 August – 3 September 2017.
Hills, who is yet to visit the country, said: “It’s a great honour to be able to represent my country, and it shows the dedication to my training and to the sport. It's going to be an awesome place to be able to visit and to compete in.”
When chatting about what he is looking forward to most about South Africa, Hills said that the experience of exploring the cultures of a new country is always exciting. “I’m also looking forward to competing against some of my friends at world-level,” he added.
C3 rider Sharp is also a first-timer to South African shores, and said that it’s always great to represent his country on a world stage. “Here we are competing against other top athletes all striving to be there best and to be a World Champion,” he said.
Sharp would love to visit a game park whilst in the country. “I would also, after racing, love to try out some really great South African wine,” he added.
The three-member-strong team also includes Sarah Ellington – who will make her international debut at the World Championships after only being involved with the sport for six months.
Spectators are encouraged to come and support these phenomenal athletes as they battle it out with the best in the world to be crowned 2017 World Champions.
For more information about the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, go to: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-uci-para-road-world-champs/