Guyana’s leading Differently Able cyclist, Walter Grant-Stuart, who has shown the world what he is made of by winning the Union de Cycling C1 Para Cycle Road Race in Montreal, Canada in April, has now set his sights on competing at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup to be held in Emmen Netherlands, July 6-8, 2018.
Grant-Stuart is presently in neighbouring Suriname where he is seeking to be issued with a Schengen Visa that would facilitate his travels to The Netherlands for what would be his second international event in this category of competition.
And as has always been the case for local athletes, raising funds is the biggest challenge. Grant-Stuart who has already received the blessings of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) to compete at the event has a budget of almost 1.3 Million Guyana Dollars and to date has been able to raise $300,000 of that amount.
His participation has already been confirmed by the organisers via letter to the GCF from the promoters, BMX Holland. According to the athlete’s father, this event is another step in his son’s quest to ultimately represent and medal for Guyana at the 2020 Olympics.
Grant-Stuart has been a dominant competitor among able bodied cyclists in Guyana and the region where he has been competing for many years now. His ambition to compete as a Differently Able rider finally became reality last month in Canada and has opened the door for him to carve out a name for himself and Guyana in this format of the sport.
Organisations or persons wishing to contribute towards making Grant-Stuart’s participation can make contact with him via telephone #s: 684-6625, 671-3276 or 611-9102. (Franklin Wilson)
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