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Para-cyclist Foy chases new challenge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

Medal-winning Paralympian Emma Foy has put her para-cycling career on hold to focus on completing a law degree at Waikato University.

A double Paralympic medallist and three-time world champion, Foy only took up para-cycling after impressing Paralympics New Zealand staff at a talent identification camp in early 2013.

She won bronze in her first international competition later that year at the para-cycling road world championships, finishing third in the time trial alongside pilot Gabrielle Vermunt.

Foy paired with her sighted pilot Laura Thompson in 2014, the pair going on to win a total of eight world championship medals including a world title for three consecutive years.

Foy and Thompson most recently won two Paralympic medals at last year's Rio Games, a silver in the individual pursuit on the track and a bronze in the road race.

"I have loved my time competing in para-cycling," Foy said. "However it's now time to focus on other areas of my life."

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