Thursday, 9 August 2007

Cyclist with type 1 training to break world record

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New Zealander Stephanie Mackenzie is a cyclist spinning hard for world records. This teenager also has type 1 diabetes. I just love these stories of athletes with diabetes breaking into the elite levels of sport. The glass ceiling is shattering, and as Carly Simon sings, "that's the way I've always heard it should be."

Stephanie holds the under-17 200-meter track cycling record at the tender age of 14. She has also paired up with a powerful mentor -- Olympic gold medalist Sarah Ulmer. Gymnastics injuries steered Stephanie toward cycling after her osteopath hinted she had the right physique for the sport. Her speed emerged instantly.

Coach and former New Zealand cyclist Damien Wiseman says Stephanie is one of the best he has ever coached. Training daily, this intrepid cyclist has chosen an insulin pump to manage the disease. If Stephanie can nab sponsorship, reaching the junior world championships in Mexico is a short-term goal. Her 10-year goal is to break the world record and bow her head to receive Commonwealth and Olympic medals. Read the full story here.

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