/ 31 August 2021

The Paralympics: Darren Hicks


Each day of the Tokyo Paralympics, we’ll bring you a profile of an athlete you should know about, a sport that’s worth checking out, or achievements of the previous day. And today, it’s all about cyclist Darren Hicks.

The cyclist won silver in the men’s C2 3,000 metres individual pursuit last week in unusual circumstances… And now, the 36yo is preparing for his “dream” events: the individual C2 time trial (9am today) and the C1-3 road race (10.48am Thursday). Hicks’ route to the Paralympics is a tough one. He broke his C2 vertebra and his right leg was amputated above the knee when he was involved in a road accident in 2014. The brakes of a truck he was driving failed, and he crashed into cars that were stopped at traffic lights, killing 2 people. He was charged by police but was cleared in 2018, and some family members of those who died said he wasn’t to blame. A BMX tragic from a young age, Hicks said he used cycling to work through his grief. He is a silver medallist seven years later, with his “happy place – 25-27km of hurt” still to come. As he says: “Bring it on”.

After Day 7 of the Paralympic Games, Australia is 7th on the medal tally with 11 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze.

Image source: Reuters

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