Paralympic gold medallist David Stone to speak at Leeds Central Library

Caption: David Stone MBE, will be appearing at Leeds Central Library on 3 December.

Double Paralympic medallist from London 2012, David Stone MBE, will be making a special appearance at the city’s Central Library next week.

As part of the event, which will celebrate the International Day of Disabled People on Tuesday 3 December, David, who lives in Leeds, will talk about his amazing Paralympic experience in London, where he claimed gold in the road race and time trail events, and the challenges and sacrifices he has had to make to become one of the world’s best cyclists.

Some of David’s medals through an illustrious career and his racing bike will also be on show, and with the Tour de France Grand Départ also set to arrive in Leeds later next year, this is a great chance for people of all ages, and especially cycling enthusiasts and clubs, to be inspired for what is one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"David’s achievements throughout his career, which includes last year’s Paralympics in London, are simply sensational, and this special event at the Central Library provides a unique opportunity to hear from him about the wide-range of challenges he has faced to reach the very pinnacle of cycling.

"His success and those of all the athletes who competed at the London Paralympics showed to the world that disability should never be a barrier to what anyone can achieve. It is fitting therefore that this event is also being held to celebrate the International Day of Disabled People."

Notes to editors:

David will be at Leeds Central Library on Tuesday 3 December from 6.30pm-7.30pm.

For more information, please contact Zahir Ahmed on: (0113) 3952356.

David started cycling when he was eight years old and joined the GB Para-Cycling Team in 1995 and rode for the team until 2000. In 2004 he started racing for the team again and became double European Champion in 2005.

Since then, David has gone on to win both the Road Race and Time Trial on three separate occasions.

David received an MBE after the Beijing Paralympic Games and in 2010 was also recognised by Leeds, as Sportsman of the Year. At the 2012 London Paralympics, David did the double yet again, winning the gold in both the road race and time trial events.

At the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Baie Comeau, Canada, David won the Silver medal in the T2 Time Trial event and followed this up with the gold medal in the road race.

The International Day of Disabled People will be held on December 3 2013.

Promoted by the United Nations since 1992, the observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk