2 silver medals at 2007 Visa Paralympic World Cup
Winning silver medals at Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
Paralympic pilot cyclist Shaun Hopkins and his partner Ben Demery continued on their excellent 2006 and 2007 form to win two silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in the 1km time trial and the sprint. The Games themselves were an experience Shaun will treasure for life but he was disappointed the pair did not win gold, after three steady years of silver medals.
At the 2007 IPC Cycling World Championships in France, Shaun and Ben came close to the world championship in the sprint and one kilometre time trial, again winning the silver medal in both events. In 2006 they rode in the International Paralympic Committee Cycling World Championships in Switzerland where they won silver in the 200m sprint and bronze in the 1km time trial.
For Shaun, cycling has taken up most of his life. He comes from an athletic family where his father and relatives of his mother’s were competitive cyclists. When Shaun isn’t setting the race track alight on the pedals, he is working as the manager of a bike shop in the suburbs of Sydney. He says that despite his best efforts, he is constantly hurting himself with bike tools.
Even Shaun’s scariest moment is cycling related; managing to descend the Swiss Alps on a tandem bike with his brakes not working properly. Shaun is currently taking a break from cycling to focus on a back injury. Intense cycling aggravated his back which resulted in three bulging discs in his lower back that flared up before the Beijing Games. He is now taking it easy to recover, after which he will begin training for the London Games in 2012.