EXCLUSIVE: Paralympic star’s parents enter ticket competitions in desperate bid to see son at London 2012

THE heartbroken parents of Paralympic legend Jody Cundy have resorted to entering competitions to win tickets to see their son compete at London 2012.

THE heartbroken parents of Paralympic legend Jody Cundy have resorted to entering competitions to win tickets to see their son compete at London 2012.

Alan and Ann Cundy, of Walpole St Andrew, have been left with just a handful of tickets for the qualifying stages at next year’s Paralympic Games after applying through the widely-criticised lottery system.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said they have tried to “guarantee that athletes can share this once in a lifetime experience with some of their biggest supporters”.

They have allocated two tickets to each athlete per session and sponsors Procter & Gamble have promised to give four free tickets to every Great Britain Paralympian.


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But Cundy’s parents are worried that this will not be enough to allow all the relatives, who have followed Jody across the globe, to watch what could be the 33-year-old’s final Paralympics.

Mum Ann, 57, who has written to Lord Sebastian Coe to complain about the ticketing system, said: “I just want our family to be there.

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“I went and bought some chocolate and Fairy washing-up liquid from Sainsbury’s because they had competitions for tickets - talk about desperate.”

Role model Jody is one of the most successful Paralympians ever, dominating in the pool and, since 2005, the velodrome.

He won more than 20 international medals in a glittering swimming career before becoming the fastest solo Paralympian on a bike by breaking the flying 200m world record.

He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his services to disabled sports and was given the Freedom of Wisbech in 2010.

‘HEARTBREAKING’

A HOST of Jody’s family and friends applied for tickets, spending nearly �2,500, but they only managed to secure places to watch the pursuit heats in the 6,000-seat velodrome.

Remaining tickets for London 2012 are set to go on sale on December 2 - but Paralympic Track Cycling is one of a few sports that are fully subscribed.

Jody’s father Alan, 63, said: “We’ve been all over the world watching Jody and now we’ve got the Paralympics in our own back yard and we might not all get to see him.

“I’ve been to America, Athens, Beijing and Argentina and then when it’s in London we can’t get tickets to any finals.

“I can’t express how I feel when Jody wins because I’m just so proud. I want to tell everybody about what my son has done.

“To think I might not be able to watch him is heartbreaking.”

JODY’S MISSION

JODY, who will find out if he is officially selected for the Paralympics in June, said he was determined to resolve the problem.

He said: “When the venues have been empty all over the world there’s just been a select little group of Great Britain fans.

“These are friends and family who have followed me as a swimmer and as a cyclist. The prospect that I could get to the finals and they wouldn’t be there is very disheartening.

“At the moment it’s disappointing and it’s not a nice situation to be in but we have still got more than 200 days to get it sorted.

“First things first, I’ve got to book my place at London and make sure I’m selected. When that’s done we can take a serious look at what’s going on with the tickets.

“This could potentially be the last one and it would be nice to make sure the people who have followed me everywhere are there.”

Jody will travel to Los Angeles for the World Championships in February, where he hopes to defend his titles in the 1km Time Trial (kilo) and Team Sprint.

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