Paralympic champion Pearson swaps athletics for hand cycling

Josie Pearson, who won gold in the F51 discus throw at London 2012, will try to qualify for to compete in hand cycling for Team GB at Rio 2016

Josie Pearson (Photo: Twitter/British Cycling)

Paralympic gold medallist Josie Pearson is swapping track and field for hand cycling after changes to the Rio 2016 programme looked to end her chances of competing in athletics.

The 29-year-old from Hay-on-Wye won gold in the F51 discus discipline at London 2012 and hopes to take part in her third successive Games next year, having been part of Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team in Beijing 2008.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1