Keen cyclist Ken Talbot embarked on a truly amazing journey in 2018, aiming to break the world hand cycling record as part of a University of Liverpool Velocipede team competing at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) held in Nevada, United States of America.
Edinburgh based Talbot, took on the challenge and pushed the limits of handcycling and his personal fitness, aiming to ‘realise a childhood dream and go beyond the limits of disability to become one of the fastest cyclists on the planet’.
he recorded a speed of 51.86mph to become the fastest man ever on a hand cycle – breaking the previous record which had stood since 2011! In the process, Talbot also become the first ever person to record speeds of over 50mph on a hand cycle.
Corey has overcome many challenges this year – Having moved clubs earlier this year where he was attending one session a week, Corey now trains on average five sessions each week with the odd week training six sessions.
This has been both a physical and mental challenge for him however his resilience and love for swimming has been tremendous. Corey has worked hard to build awareness of uncomfortable/challenging environments and has learned how to cope/stay calm and process it in a more positive way.Corey has CP and autism, he had low confidence on his ability to complete a land training session of body weight exercises and stretches. However, he has worked hard to understand and build knowledge on his weaknesses and strengths and his openness to working with coaches and the support of team members. His confidence has increased dramatically and has impressed on his ability to perform body weight exercises with impressive technique, he attends a local gym to further build himself physically and has overcome the mental/emotional apprehension of something he didn’t think was possible.
The Edinburgh based youngster continues to train with Lothian Racers as well as Musselburgh Amateur Swimming Club where he has developed an excellent working relationship with Head Coach Danny Kirkham. In addition to this, Sam was also invited to join East Lothian Swim Team (ELST) in August 2018, a huge achievement for any swimmer as this represents an introduction to the performance swim environment. However, Sam is not just happy being part of the squad and continues to excel – this was highlighted as he received the East Lothian Swim Team Future Star Award for Break Through Junior Swimmer earlier this year. This recognition is no mean feat considering the quality of swimmer involved in the ELST Programme.
Sam is also a member of the Scottish national squad and this year has continued to achieve some excellent results in the pool with positive performances recorded at the British Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester (December 2018), the British Junior Para-Swimming Championship in Liverpool (March 2019) and the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow (April 2019). Each of these performances yielded several medals and personal best times.