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Mark Colbourne's 'incredible impact' on paracycling

The Executive Director of Disability Sport Wales says Mark Colbourne has made an 'incredible impact' on the world of paracycling.

Colbourne announced his retirement from the sport today.

His record speaks for itself. He is a world class rider and will be a sad loss to British and Welsh sport.

Mark has also been the perfect role model, inspiring many young riders to further their own personal goals. In this sense Mark is an important part of our legacy and we hope that he will continue to act in an ambassadorial role for Disability Sport Wales and continue to help us to inspire a new generation of athletes.

– Jon Morgan, Disability Sport Wales

Mark Colbourne: Decision to retire 'prompted by age'

Paracyclist Mark Colbourne says his decision to retire was 'prompted by my age and by being honest with myself'.

I don’t feel I have the physical capabilities to continue for the next three years to Rio. I’ve really enjoyed my paracycling career, the standout highlight being winning gold at the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

I’m looking forward to being more involved with my Paralympic Ambassador role for the London Velodrome – I’m very proud of that. I’m going to be setting up my own cycling training camp company which will help other people to learn and develop their cycling skills from grass-roots up to club level. I’m also going to continue with my professional speaking.

– Mark Colbourne

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Paralympian Mark Colbourne announces retirement

The 43-year-old cyclist has announced his retirement from the sport Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Paralympic gold-medallist Mark Colbourne has announced his retirement from the Great Britain Para-Cycling Team.

The 43-year-old, who joined the team in 2011, made his Paralympic debut at London 2012, winning gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the kilo on the track, and silver in the time-trial on the road.

He received an MBE in May this year.

Champion's Apprentice - Stephen and Jason

Following in the success of London 2012, four Welsh Paralympians embark on a journey to mentor four aspiring sports stars.

After losing his legs as a result of meningitis, action man Stephen Thomas has become double world champion in sailing and also represented Great Britain at the winter games.

Now he is helping motorbike accident survivor Jason Solmon get to grips with sledge hockey. As Jason come to terms with losing his leg in the accident he embraces his new sport and attempts to get in the GB training squad.

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