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Ex-serviceman makes his international debut in hand cycling at world-class championships

PUBLISHED: 08:41 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:41 27 April 2015

Steve Arnold Help for Heroes Sports Recovery beneficiary set to make international debut at Para-cycling Road Cup Event

Steve Arnold Help for Heroes Sports Recovery beneficiary set to make international debut at Para-cycling Road Cup Event

Roger Keller

Steve Arnold, from King’s Lynn, took up hand cycling after losing both legs in Afghanistan and hopes to compete in the next paralympics.

He represented Great Britain this weekend in the UCI Para-cycling Road Cup in northern Italy, and came 12th place after the competition’s first weekend of road racing in Verola.

Shortly afterwards, he tweeted: “Twelfth overall after this weekends racing, happy with performance we go again next weekend @H4H_SR @H4H_Cycling.”

Mr Arnold will also join the squad – which includes current world road race champion Lora Turnham and Paralympic silver medallist Karen Darke – next weekend in Brixia.

The former staff sergeant, who served with 23 Engineer Regiment, was leading a search team in Afghanistan in April 2011 when he stepped on a bomb, and lost both legs above the knee.

Within months, he took up hand cycling through the Help for Heroes sports recovery progamme, and has since been selected by the British Cycling Development Team to race on national and European circuits.

Mr Arnold, originally from North Lynn, has completed some of the world’s toughest cycling events, including the 3,051-mile coast-to-coast Race Across America, and is now a paralympic hopeful for Team GB in Rio 2016.

Martin Colclough, head of help for Heroes Sports Recovery, said: “Steve is a fantastic example of what wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women can do post injury, by using the power of adaptive sport throughout their recovery.”

- Do you have an inspirational story to tell? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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