Jody Coundy's parents speak of their pride at another Paralympic gold
The parents of a Paralympic gold medallist are over the moon with his achievements.
Alan and Ann Cundy, who live on Station Road in Long Sutton, watched on from home as their son Jody unleashed a brilliant final lap to lead his team to cycling glory in the mixed C1-4 750m team sprint at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Japan.
They couldn’t hide their pride at his latest gold medal, with his collection featuring accolades from both cycling and swimming.
“It was an amazing achievement,” said Ann (67).
“We can’t describe how proud we are of him, especially after they came from half a second behind. It was awesome. That’s the only way to describe it.
“I don’t know where it came from. He wasn’t going home with another silver, that’s what it must have been!
“He got it in his head that it was theirs. China are one of their biggest rivals, so to beat them was brilliant.”
Due to Covid-19 restrictions at the Tokyo games, Ann and Alan were unable to travel and watch Jody in person.
Ann said: “We go everywhere. This has been the first one that we haven’t.
“It’s been absolutely awful. We didn’t know what it was like to watch from back home on television and not see it in person.
“It’s live on TV, but it’s not like seeing it live in person. You can’t see them riding if you’re not at the track.
“It is what it is and we couldn’t change it.
“It was heartbreaking when they said we couldn’t go, because at one point we thought we were going to be able to.”
However, being unable to watch their son in person didn’t take anything away from their joy as Jody continues to overcome a leg amputation he had as a three-year-old.
“We never expected anything like this,” Ann said.
“When he was born, I didn’t think he would even be able to walk. But he’s just been an inspiration.
“We had some amazing doctors that really helped us along the way and we’ll never forget them. They used to get him to talk to some of the younger and older amputees who were struggling to walk. Jody would be cartwheeling up and down the corridors and playing football as soon as he got a new leg.”
Jody arrived back in the UK just after midnight on Monday and his parents are excited to see him and kick-start the celebrations.
“We can’t wait to get him home, give him a hug and see those medals. Then it’ll be real,” Ann said.
“It won’t be a big party or anything. We’ll probably go out for a meal with the family.”
“He’ll have a few weeks off and then he’ll start turning his legs again and see what’s coming up,” said Alan (73). “He’s got the 2023 World Championships in Glasgow, so next year we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Alan and Ann have travelled to the likes of Beijing, Rio and Australia with Jody, and they can’t wait to head away with him again soon.