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ACADEMY MEMBERS

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KADEENA COX

Academy founder and Paralympic and World Champion Kadeena is a trailblazer both on and off the bike. In Rio Kadeena became the first person for 32 years to win 2 gold medals in 2 different sports at a Paralympic Games; winning the T38 athletics 400m and C4 cycling 500m time trial setting new world records in both. Her time in cycling was faster than any Team GB able-bodied rider has ridden at an Olympic or Paralympic Games; not bad for somebody that ‘only got on a bicycle as a form of rehab’ 18 months earlier.

In 2021 Kadeena's focus is on repeating that success in Tokyo and on driving equality and diversity across communities and sports. 

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ASH FACEY

Ash is an exciting talent with pedigree in elite sport. Having grown up playing table tennis from the age of 7 he reached his first Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. During the coronavirus pandemic Ash turned his talent to cycling and his ability was obvious from the get go. He is currently working towards converting onto the British Cycling Paralympic program with the long term view of representing GB on the bike at Paris 2024.

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RHIANNA PARRIS-SMITH

Rhianna has already been on an impressive journey. Her recent achievements become even more astounding when you consider that she had only been in the sport for a year when she placed 4th in the 500m individual time trial and 5th in the sprint at the National Youth and Junior Track Cycling Championships in 2019, her first national level competition.

 

Off he bike Rhianna is studying Sports Coaching at the University of Derby, a course and university that not only allows her to pursue her cycling ambitions but develop her knowledge and passion for sport as a whole.

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SAM RUDDOCK

Sam is multi-talented and, like Kadeena, represents both British Cycling and British Athletics. He is the British Record holder for the F35 Shot Put (athletics) and the C1 KM Time Trial (track cycling).
 
His focus this year is on making his 3rd Paralympics in Tokyo. As well as being an inspiration on the bike, Sam is a game changer off it. He has a role as an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sports Trust where he works in schools to encourage pupils to use the values and lessons learnt through sport, to better their academic performance.

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IMANI PEREIRA-JAMES

At only 16 years old Imani's application to her cycling is impressive and has been recently rewarded by a place on British Cycling's Junior Academy. Winner of the UK National series and youngest rider in the field at the European Youth Olympic festival, Imani continues to go from strength to strength on the bike whilst balancing her sporting ambitions with her academic requirements. Based in Glasgow Imani is currently studying for her Highers (or A-Levels) in Maths, English, History, PE and Modern Studies.