Katie Toft – My Story
Katie is a 23 year old with mild Quadriplegic CP who first experienced cycling 3 years ago.
Whilst at university Katie wanted to do something that would help her de – stress and take her mind of her studies, this is where she found cycling.
Where it all began
Katie began riding at Stockport CP Wheelers where she met Coach Paul Becket who encouraged her to start riding regularly. Katie fell in love with the sport, and although not the best at the time, Katie continued to work hard and was encouraged by the clubs’ coaches. After a couple of months Katie began to improve and was soon beating the ‘best guy’ at the clubs.
To continue to develop herself Katie then approached local club Mossley CRT who she continues to ride for still.
Katie’s love for cycling as well as her talent continued to grow and she was soon introduced to the velodrome and British Cycling. 3 years later Katie is a Paracycling champion and currently leading this year Paracycling series.
Katie’s dream was to make the Paralympics and be out in Rio this September but Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the team and instead in September she will be starting her Post Grad Certificate in Teaching at Sheffield Hallam.
Katie’s message to anyone with Cerebral Palsy is ‘don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something’ if you want to try cycling do it! Find a club that are open to anything once you start riding you will find it easier than walking!
For more information on cycling opportunities please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/disabilityhubs?c=EN
For information on Mossley CRT visit http://www.mossleycrt.co.uk/