Ellen Hunter

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Ellen Hunter
Personal information
Full name Ellen Hunter
Born (1968-02-12) 12 February 1968 (age 49)
Wrexham, Wales
Team information
Discipline Tandem
Role Pilot for visually impaired
Rider type Sprint
Amateur team(s)
Yasumitsu-Schlapp

Ellen Hunter OBE (born 12 February 1968, Wrexham[1]) is a Welsh competitive cyclist and tandem pilot for Aileen McGlynn at Paralympic events.[2][3]

Hunter and McGlynn broke the flying 200m women's tandem World record in April 2004.[2]

At the 2006 IPC Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, Ellen Hunter piloted Aileen McGlynn to win gold in the Tamdem Kilo (VI), setting a world record of 1:10.795 in the process and winning a Rainbow Jersey for Wales, they ranked 17th among 33 male competitors.[2]

She broke her back in a cycling accident at the Women's Omnium at Herne Hill Velodrome, and was told she may never cycle again, she spent six weeks in hospital.[2]

Hunter met her husband Paul through cycling, and both were selected to ride as pilots for visually impaired cyclists at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, as part of the British Cycling team.[2]

Hunter and McGlynn, coached by Barney Storey,[4] once again broke the World Record at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, in a time of 1:10.381, but despite this, failed to gain a podium position. She lives with her husband and two children in Penryn, Cornwall.[5]

Hunter was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[6]

Palmarès[edit]

2004
1st Women's Tandem Kilo (B 1-3), 2004 Summer Paralympics
2nd Women's Tandem Sprint (B 1-3), 2004 Summer Paralympics
2006
1st Tandem sprint, VISA Paralympic World Cup (B/VI female)[2]
4th British National Tandem Sprint Championships (with Joby Ingram-Dodd)
2007
1st Tandem sprint, VISA Paralympic World Cup (B/VI female)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CUNDY AIMS TO DEFEND WORLD TITLE AHEAD OF BEIJING". Sports Council Wales. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Athlete: Ellen Hunter". Disability Sport Wales. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Colin Jackson's Raise your game: No pain-no gain: Ellen Hunter". BBC Cymru Wales website. BBC. 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Medals galore for GB cyclists at Visa Paralympic World Cup". Paralympics GB. May 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Storey claims record-breaking win". BBC Sport. 27 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 10. 
  7. ^ "Great Britain's Aileen McGlynn and Ellen Hunter win the tandem sprint final, B/VI female - Photo". Yahoo! Eurosport. 11 May 2007.