by Greta Yeoman
Jono Nelson is bound for Europe – provided he raises enough money to make the journey.
The Timaru-based hand cyclist plans to compete in two World Cup events in Europe in May, one in Belgium and another in Italy.
Nelson, who has spina bifida, has a three-wheel bike which he pedals with his hands.
His accomplishments have included being named the national champion at the paracycling club nationals in Carterton last year and competing in the Activ8 paracycling in Hamilton last year, where he was second in the time trials.
To fund his overseas competition, Nelson will hold a fundraising auction on March 29 at The Oxford.
The evening’s guest speaker will be Mark Inglis, who is a double-amputee Paralympic competitor in road racing.
Inglis lost his legs in a mountaineering accident in 1982 on Mt Cook due to frostbite. However, using prosthetic limbs he successfully climbed Mt Cook again in 2002 and climbed Mt Everest in 2006.
Nelson said he “sort of” knew Inglis so asked him if he would speak at the event.
Various items including accommodation overlooking Lake Wanaka and a horse trek in Peel Forest would be auctioned on the night to raise funds.
Nelson said he needed to raise at least $10,000 to afford the trip but if he raised enough he hoped to compete in a third event in France.
Jono Nelson’s fundraising auction will be held at The Oxford on the corner of George and Stafford Sts on March 29, at 6pm. Tickets are $25 and can be bought from The Oxford or by emailing email@example.com