Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IGDCB Graduate Athletes Competing on Land and Water

Last Friday all three Canvelo clubs (Merkaz, Sharon, and Tzafon) took part in the first national championship competition for off-road tandem biking.  The race was held in the Grove for the Blind in the Ben Shemen Forest.    The race was organized by the Jewish Blind Institute and Canvelo and was sponsored by the Jewish Blind Institute, the Israeli Cycling Assosiation, the Israel Sports Association for the Disabled, and the National Insurance Institute.
The 50 tandem bike riders lined up at the starting line to begin the 9-kilometer race that took them through the forest along difficult routes that required not only stamina but extensive technical skill.  Riders raced up and down hills, along winding paths, and over rocky terrain that any cyclist would have found exciting and challenging. 
Trophies were awarded to the all-men and mixed couples who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in three age categories: under 45, 45-60, and over 60. 
IGDCB graduates from all three Canvelo cycling clubs and their partners took home trophies.  Graduates who won places in the competition were Uri Basha, who completed the race first and won first place in the 45-60 men's category, Bracha Ben Avraham who placed 2nd in the over 60 mixed couples category, and Ruth Nachshon who won 2nd place in the mixed couples under 45 age group. 
And on the water…IGDCB graduate Achia Klein has also made amazing achievements in both international and local rowing competitions. 
Achiya Klein participated in the 2017 FISA International Para Rowing Regatta competition in Gavirate, Italy.  Achiya and Shay-Lee Mizrachi won the silver medal In the Mixed Co-Ed Four category, and Israeli rowers Shay-Lee Mizrachi, Simona Goren, Achiya Klein, Barak Hatzor and Leah Sas won the Bronze Medal.  This is an important competition on the way to qualifying for the World Championship.
IGDCB Graduate Achiya Klein with rowers and his guide dog Night

Cyclists at the Off-Road Tandem National Championship 


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