Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

Colin Lynch

COLIN LYNCH

My name is Colin Lynch, and I’m a Paracyclist with the Irish Elite Paracycling team.  When I was 16 years old I broke my leg playing rugby and at the same time discovered I had a spinal cord tumor. There were complications with my broken leg; multiple infections and six years of surgeries to try and fix the problem before I was finally told they would have to amputate my leg below the knee or risk ending up in a wheelchair for life. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. 

The surgery went well and it wasn’t long before I was able to return to activities and sports I hadn’t been able to do for years. My involvement with Paracycling began In 2008 when I was watching the Paralympic Games on TV and saw Elite Paracycling for the first time. I knew straight away it’s what I wanted to do and got to training shortly afterwards. 

As a member of the Irish team I was able to rise to the level of World Champion twice – first in the road Time Trial in 2011 and then in the Individual Pursuit on the track in 2012. I also participated in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, falling short of winning a medal by a mere 1/10th  a second read more...

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