The start of the ‘Modra era’ in cycling

Chris Scott wasn’t the only Australian athlete to succesfully transition from another sport to cycling at the 1996 summer Paralympics. Vision impaired athlete Kieran Modra had competed in swimming and athletics in 1988 and 1992 but – like Scott – he found his true calling as a cyclist, medalling at every Games from Atlanta to Rio, with the exception of Sydney in 2000. Modra and his pilot and future wife, Kerry Golding, are supported on the track by head coach Ken Norris and assistant David Woodhouse. Golding and Modra won gold in the Mixed Tandem 200m sprint. Modra was an extremely powerful athlete and it took great skill and strength from the much lighter Golding to steer the bike under his powerful acceleration.