Paralympian off to world championships

Nigel Barley with his London Olympics silver medal. Picture: Emma Reeves d388174
Nigel Barley with his London Olympics silver medal. Picture: Emma Reeves d388174

Barley said he was training at least two-and-a-half hours a day riding through the Perth Hills.

‘I’m riding quite well at the moment. I think I will be up among the podium finishers,’ he said.

‘Having youngsters trying to knock me off my perch is one of the drivers that keeps me motivated.’

Barley competed at his first Paralympic Games in London and was successful, winning a silver medal in the hand-cycling time trial.

It was the first Paralympic medal Australia had ever won in hand-|cycling.

He went on to win a silver and bronze at the 2011 Para-cycling World Cup in Sydney and placed sixth in the road race and seventh in the road time trial at the Para-cycling World Championships in Denmark.

His performances saw him named the 2011 WA Sportsperson of the Year.

Para-cycling performance director and head coach Peter Day said the riders would leave Australia in early August to compete in a World Cup event in Matane, Canada, from August 23.

‘The team has a strong blend of experience, with our more experienced and medal potential athletes being joined by several young athletes who have recently put their hand up,’ Mr Day said.

The 2013 world championships will be held in Baie-Comeau, Canada, from August 29 to September 1.