Paralympics: Craig’s Mc-Cann do attitude

Craig McCann
Craig McCann

Craig McCann has set his sights on a second Paralympics appearance - despite never having competed in his chosen sports since leaving wheelchair fencing.

The Free Press exclusively revealed earlier this year that the 29-year-old was ending his three-year fencing career in favour of para-cycling and para-triathlon.

But without previous experience in the sports, the Bessacarr sportsman is working hard to get to the level required for GB qualification.

McCann is set for his debut season next year with Rio 2016 his ultimate goal.

“Since deciding to make the switch I’ve just been getting my head down and working hard,” said McCann, now based in Durham.

“I’m playing catch-up alongside people who have been doing these sports for years so it’s no easy task but I’m enjoying the challenge - I’m that type of person.

“Come March and April (when the competitive season begins), I want to be ready and fully prepared to set good qualification times and show the GB team what I can do.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

n McCann, who underwent surgery for a brain tumour, spent three years in wheelchair fencing where he made rapid progress and finished eighth in the GB Men’s Team Foil in London 2012.