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Paralympic cycling squad named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

Triple world champions Emma Foy and Laura Thompson headline a seven-strong New Zealand team of para-cyclists to compete at the Rio Paralympics in September.

Foy made an immediate impact after taking to the track just three years ago, forging a successful partnership with sighted pilot Thompson in the women's 3km track pursuit. They have won the last three world titles, most recently in Italy in March, and will be among the favourites for gold at the Rio velodrome.

Thompson is an accomplished performer, snaring gold, silver and bronze with Phillipa Gray at the 2012 Games in London. The gold was in the 3km event.

Kate Horan has contested the last two Paralympics but both were in athletics. She snared a T44 200m silver medal at Beijing eight years ago.

Horan switched sports in 2013 and will contest the women's C4 track time trial.

Another code-hopper is Byron Raubenheimer, who has competed on the international para-snowboard circuit but became a world class time trialist on two wheels.

Joining Foy and Raubenheimer as Paralympic debutants are Amanda Cameron, Hannah van Kampen, and Stephen Hills.

Cameron and sighted pilot van Kampen will contest the 3km pursuit.

Hills will be the first Kiwi to contest the road trike race at a Paralympics.

The Kiwi Paralympic team stands at 17, with swimming (seven athletes) and sailing (three) having named their teams.

Athletes from up to four more sports could yet be named, with Paralympics NZ hoping to field a squad of 25-35.

NZ para-cycling squad:

Laura Thompson, Emma Foy, Kate Horan, Amanda Cameron, Hannah van Kampen, Byron Raubenheimer, Stephen Hills.

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