Jody’s second BBC award

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Paralympian Jody Cundy was named BBC East’s Disabled Sports Personality of the Year on Thursday for his cycling gold medal winning performances.

The former Walpole St Andrew star, now based in Manchester, was recognised for his efforts at the Track World Championship in Montichiari earlier this year, where he came away with two gold and a silver medal, breaking two world records in the process.

The 33-year-old could not receive the award in person as he is currently on a training camp in Majorca, but he joined the ceremony in Bedford via a live video uplink.

It is the second time that Cundy has won this award, having won it in 2008 for his success at the Beijing Paralympics.

He said: “I feel honoured to receive this award and being named BBC East’s Disability Sports Personality of the Year.

“It’s always nice to be nominated, let alone win, and having the recognition from a whole region for my sporting success is always a good feeling.”

Cundy will return to Manchester before Christmas to spend time with his family and friends before working on the track in the build-up to the Track World Championships in February in Los Angeles.

He also stood as a model for one of the Paralympic posters among a collection of specially commissioned images by 12 of the UK’s leading artists to celebrate the London 2012 Games. The images will go on show next summer at Tate Britain in a free exhibition.