Dane Wilson

“My specific goal for the 2012 SA Championships is to ride competitively enough to get on the radar for possible selection to the Paralympic squad.”

Sport: Cycling
Nationality: South African
Gender: Male
Born: 25 May 1982
Amputation: Above-the-Elbow
Class: C5
Main Events: Time Trial, Pursuit, Road Race
Club: Select Cycling Club
Affiliations: Is Ability Sports Club, Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics & Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund

Background

Durban-born cyclist Dane Wilson currently lives in Pretoria and is one of the country’s most promising para-cyclists with a background in track sprinting and mountain biking. Dane was born with ‘congenital absence’ of the lower part of his left arm due to an entanglement occurring in the womb.

“What inspires me is to inspire others, whether able-bodied or disabled, to achieve their own potential in whatever it is that inspires them.My goal is to maintain a balance between my spiritual, family, career, and sporting aspirations.

My specific goal for the 2012 SA Championships is to ride competitively enough to get on the radar for possible selection to the Paralympic squad.”

2011 March - Wilson took silver in both the C5 Senior Time Trial (27:18.19) as well as the Road Race (2:06:30.59) at the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled in Rustenburg. In both races gold went to James van Rensburg and bronze to Irish Matcheke.
2011 April – Wilson clocked 1 minute 18.48 seconds in the 1000m time trial for gold as well as a new SA record and added another medal on day two of the National Track Cycling Championships by taking silver in the challenging 4000m pursuit. Gold went to Johannes Visser and bronze to Irish Matcheke.
2011 December - Wilson took third place, and set a new SA record with a time of 1 minute 12.83 seconds in the 1000m Time Trial at the UCI Oceania Track Championships that took place at the ILT Velodrome in Invercargill, New Zealand. He continued to take fourth place on the second day of competition in the 4000m Individual Pursuit with a time of 5 minutes 20.04 seconds - just 0.5 seconds shy of another national record
2012 February - One of only five athletes selected to represent South Africa at the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, Wilson smashed the South African record in the C5 4000m pursuit event with a time of 5:16.691 and achieved a respectable 15th place in the C5 1000m time trial.

He continued to help secure South Africa a seventh place (out of 20 competing countries) in the 3-circuit 750m team sprint event alongside team-mates Jaco Nel and Stephan Heroldt - a significant improvement compared to last year’s ninth place finish.

Wilson also participated in another event called the 'scratch race' - a 10km group event that the UCI introduced for the first time to para-cycling - in which he came 10th out of 23 top international riders.

Gaining on the Road to Tokyo

Para Athletes associated with Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics secure more than 50 medals, 14 SA Records, 7 African Records and 5 World Records at this year's Toyota SA SASAPD Para Athletics National Championships hosted in Stellenbosch.

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