Oswego Para-Cyclist Heads to London
Joe Berenyi of Oswego was named to the 2012 Paralympic Cycling roster Tuesday
Paralympic cyclist Joe Berenyi earned his Olympic berth after being named to the 2012 team roster.
Oswego para-cyclist Joe Berenyi is headed to London after his third-place finish in the Paralympic road cycling championships.
The 43-year-old cyclist was named to the 17-person roster Tuesday, beating out more than 110 para-cyclists for his slot in the Paralympic Games to be held Aug. 29 through Sept 9.
Berenyi’s road to London has not been easy. After losing his right arm in a construction accident nearly 18 years ago, the once athletic Berenyi was forced to live without sports for several years, the Beacon-News
reported. But that didn't stop him from getting back on a bicycle.
His two-wheeled bike, adjusted to hold all gear and brake functions on the left side, and his drive to win earned Berenyi the Olympic berth he’s been working for.
He told the Beacon the only thing left on his mind, outside of winning a medal in the upcoming Paralympic Games, is getting his wife and three children to the London Games.
Athletes By Design, one of Berenyi’s sponsors for the Games, hosted a fundraiser last week in hopes of raising money to send the family to London.
Berenyi is set to appear in the Paralympic cycling event beginning Sept. 5.