Jody Cundy named BBC East’s Disabled Sports Personality of the Year for second time
WORLD-RECORD holder Jody Cundy said he was honoured to be named as BBC East’s Disabled Sports Personality of the Year for a second time.
The cycling star, from Walpole St Andrew, pipped Doddington sprinter Jonnie Peacock to the award, which recognised his incredible performance at the World Championships in Montichiari earlier this year.
Cundy enjoyed his most successful championships since switching from swimming to cycling, claiming two golds and a silver as well as smashing two world records.
The 33-year-old, who won the same accolade in 2008 for his success at the Beijing Paralympics, accepted the award via video link from his endurance training camp in Majorca.
Cundy said: “Gold medals have almost become part of what’s expected from me so to pick up another different award is great.
“This is not all about beating people in times and competitions, it’s about what you have done for the sport and your personality. It’s not just on the track.
“It did come as a bit of a surprise. They were frantically trying to get in contact with me to tell me I’d won but they were sending e-mails to an old address!
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“They eventually got to me through British Cycling but I was in Majorca for the presentation so they arranged for me to do a live link-up via Skype.”
Cundy said he will enjoy a “quiet Christmas” due to his packed training schedule before the World Championships in Los Angeles in February. Great Britain will announce their squad for the London 2012 Paralympics in June.
“If you’re not driven for a home Paralympics then you can’t be an athlete,” said Cundy.
“London is a once in a lifetime chance. I’m going to make sure I’m at the top of my game and I make the absolute most of it.
“This is when people are really going to find out what Paralympic sport is all about and it would be nice to put in a good performance.”