Megan Giglia

Megan at The Para TT Nationals just before she became National Champ!

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Kentish born Megan suffered an Acute Brain Haemorrhage/Stroke in January 2013 after walking into A&E with severe headaches, a blood shot eye and stiff neck at the age of 27yrs. Following surgery Megan had physical and neurological complications to overcome including Right side paralysis, drop foot epilepsy, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), dysphasia (speech impairment) and a variety of other neurological issues.

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“Megan with the some of the Para-T Cycling boys, following her victory at the National TT Champs in 2015”

After being discharged from hospital, to kill time and increase speed of recovery Megan took to cycling. By tying her hand and foot to the bike Megan replicated the movements, only being able to stay upright on bike for a couple of seconds to begin with, which gradually increased over time.

Megan got tired of being told not to do things and as a former sports and fitness coach, researched a number of sports, one of which was cycling and saw it as a possible option to be whole again, achieve and inspire. In October 2013 Megan attended a British Cycling talent identification day where a variety of tests including a Watt bike test and chance to ride a Track Bike, this was the start of a six month selection process, where Megan moved up the talent ladder onto the Paralympic Development Programme in May 2014 and quickly progressed to Academy in October 2014.

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“Megan is always laughing and joking around this time with friend and British Cycling Trike Pro-Hannah Dines”

Megan is part of the Great Britain Cycling Team, with a debut ride and competing at both the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland and Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. Megan recently set the standard at the UCI Paracycling World Track Championships where she not only took home 2 gold medals but also smashed both of the world records for her races, showing major improvement and being consistent in her riding Megan Giglia is going to be a name to look out for at the Paralympics in Rio later this year.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 18/03/2016 - Cycling - 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

“Megan in just one of her rainbow jerseys” ¬† Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 18/03/2016 – Cycling – 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships