Iona Wynter

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Iona Wynter
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Born November 25, 1968
London, England

Iona Wynter-Parks (born November 25, 1968 in London, England[1]), née Wynter is a former triathlete and cyclist from Jamaica.

Wynter-Parks was born to a Jamaican father and a German mother, and moved to Jamaica aged two. Wynter was educated at Campion College, Jamaica, the University of the West Indies, Dalhousie University, Georgia State University and Laval University,[1] where she combined studies with triathlon training and employment, including modelling swimwear for Louis Garneau. Subsequently she secured funding from compatriot Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. Wynter finished 13th in the triathlon at the 1999 Pan American Games, qualifying her for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[2] She took thirty-fourth place[2] with a total time of 2:10:24.69.

Wynter subsequently shifted her focus to cycling. She won a gold medal in the cycling road race at the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games.[2][3] She rode on a professional U.S. cycling team sponsored by Italian olive oil company Colavita and headed by celebrated American cyclist Tina Pic. She also served as director of the Colavita team for the 2009 season.[4] After the original Colavita team was dissolved in October 2011, she became a director of the new Colavita-espnW team established in 2012, alongside her former team-mate Pic.[5] She was a member of the Autotrader.com team and then rode for Genesis-Scuba before entering into semi-retirement in order to balance her teaching career. She rode the 2005 season for Travel Girls and as a guest rider for the Quark Cycling Team.

She won the Central American and Caribbean Road Race Championships in 2002 and in 2006 became the Scratch Race Champion in the same Games. She has competed in the Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games on the road and the track. She also competed in the Giro d'Italia Femminile.[1] She hoped to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, but failed to qualify. Only a very few athletes have qualified for the Olympic Games in two sports.

Wynter-Parks serves as first vice-president of the Jamaican Cycling Federation.[1] She has also been the director of FieldSpa, a spa based at the Goldeneye Hotel and Resort developed on the former estate of Ian Fleming.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Burrowes, Paul (17 April 2011). "Olympian plots improvement for local cycling". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bankroll An Olympian". Forbes. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Golden Wynter cools foes". Daily Gleaner. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Frattini, Kirsten (19 August 2009). "Pic to direct Colavita-Sutter Home women's team in 2010". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Hudak, Kristen (2012-03-20). "Colavita forms new Women's Pro Cycling Team, cobranded with espnW" (Press release). ESPN. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  6. ^ Wilson-Couch, Rachel (13 December 2011). "The Ultimate Cuppa: Bathing in tea - a new Treatment at the Goldeneye Resort, Jamaica". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2014.